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U.S. calls on Sri Lanka government to take credible and meaningful steps to promote reconciliation

The United States on Tuesday called on the Sri Lankan government to take “credible and meaningful” steps address its past and promote reconciliation and guarantee equal access to justice for all its people.

Addressing a media briefing on Tuesday Jalina Porter, Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the Department of State said the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution co-sponsored by the U.S. to promote human rights in Sri Lanka called on the Sri Lankan government to safeguard the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, human rights defenders, and civil society actors.

“The United States co-sponsored this resolution and together with the international community calls on Sri Lanka to safeguard the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, human rights defenders, and civil society actors, and to take credible and meaningful steps to address its past, promote reconciliation, and guarantee equal access to justice for all its people,” the Spokesperson said.

She noted that the resolution expands reporting requirements for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and includes a mandate to collect and preserve evidence for future accountability processes and expresses concern about the trends over the past year. 

“The long-term security and prosperity of Sri Lanka depends on respecting human rights today and committing to peace and reconciliation for the future,” the Spokesperson reiterated.

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