US to move resolution during UN Human Rights Council session

us state dept     The US is set to move a new resolution against Sri Lanka at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council.

This was stated by Patrick Ventrell Acting Deputy Spokesperson at the Daily Press Briefing of the US Department of State. “we do intend to, as I mentioned yesterday, sponsor resolution at the UN Human Rights Council current session. It will build on the 2012 resolution, which called on Sri Lanka to do more to promote reconciliation and accountability.The resolution will ask the Government of Sri Lanka to follow through on its own commitments to its people, including implementing the constructive recommendations from the report by Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. So that’s really the content of the resolution and we’re cosponsoring – we’re sponsoring it and support it”.

United Nations Secretary General,Ban Ki moon told reporters in Geneva that he has consistently underlined the critical importance of addressing accountability in Sri Lanka through a genuine and comprehensive national process achieving national reconciliation.

As the US and UN voiced their concern over human rights situation in the country, the Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services yesterday affirmed its ‘B+’ long-term and ‘B’ short-term sovereign credit ratings on Sri Lanka.

“We affirmed the ratings to reflect our view of Sri Lanka’s weak external liquidity, a moderately high and increasing net external liability position.

“Political institutions that lack transparency and independence are a further rating weakness,” it said.

 

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