Mar 122013

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* Canada reiterates call for an independent investigation into Sri Lanka’s rights violationsTue, Mar 12, 2013, 11:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Geneva: Canada reiterated its call for an independent investigation into Sri Lanka’s right violations at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions on Tuesday at Geneva.

Delivering a statement at the General Debate, Canada urged the Sri Lankan government to implement without delay the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and reconciliation Commission (LLRC) through its National Action Plan.

“As host of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this year, Sri Lanka must demonstrate its commitment to the Commonwealth’s fundamental values and principles,” Canada said.

Canada called on the Sri Lankan authorities to establish an independent investigation into credible allegations of humanitarian law and human right violations committed during the conflict.

Ireland, speaking on behalf of the European Union said the given the very limited progress of the last year, the EU believes that the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and accountability and reconciliation, should remain on the agenda of the UNHRC.

The United Kingdom also expressed its concern about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and welcomed the opportunity to discuss it at the general debate.

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