Sri Lanka Paralyzed by ill-drafted 30/1 UNHRC Resolution

Sri Lanka Paralyzed by ill-drafted 30/1 UNHRC Resolution

Mr. Malinda Seneviratne, a senior journalist and active associate of Global Sri Lankan Forum- Executive Committee addressed the 41st UNHRC session in Geneva and highlighted that political, military, security, judicial, legislative, executive and even civil society systems were severely paralyzed by implementing the ill-drafted OICL recommendation based on scandalous errors in investigation and reportage by the 30/1 UNHRC one-sided resolution.

The full script of the speech delivered by Mr. Seneviratne is as follows:

Madam President

The Durban Declaration recognizes the failure to combat and denounce racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance by all, especially public authorities and politicians at all levels, encourages their perpetuation.

On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka suffered the bitter and tragic outcome of such failure.

In the name of their faith, Islam, terrorists carried out multiple suicide attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels. One hundred and seventy nine children lost either a parent or both parents. Close to 300 persons were killed. Over 500 were wounded.

For years, the ideology of intolerance and xenophobia was nurtured in certain mosques and schools while authorities turned a blind eye and Muslim politicians leveraged vote base advantage to subvert investigations and get suspects released.

We need to acknowledge that political, military, security, judicial, legislative, executive and even civil society systems were severely paralyzed by implementing the ill-drafted OICL recommendation based on scandalous errors in investigation and reportage.

The terrorists made maximum capital out of this situation.

Therefore, Madam President, we urge the UNHRC to take steps to correct the error, revisit, review and eventually help stop the processes recommended in the OISL, and thereby honor and respect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, and ensure the security of all.

We should not have to come here again and repeat the words ‘it is too late for the victims’.

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