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Deeply Disappointed on Sri Lanka's Change of Approach: "We remain profoundly committed to UNHRC resolution 30/1" - Joint Statement by Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK

Geneva, 27 February 2020 - Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group on Sri Lanka, in a joint statement expressed deep disappointment and concern that the Sri Lanka government has changed its approach to the UNHRC resolution. "We remain profoundly committed to resolution 30/1 and its principles of reconciliation, accountability, intercommunal harmony, and justice for victims of conflict," they said.

They also shared the High Commissioner’s concern at the growing number of reports of harassment and surveillance of human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations in Sri Lanka. "The protection of civil society, independent media and human rights institutions from intimidation remains critical to fulfill Sri Lanka’s commitment to a free and open democratic society, both in the build up to, and beyond the upcoming Parliamentary elections," they stated.

Germany Recommends to the Gov of Sri Lanka to establish a comprehensive and time-bound strategy on transitional justice in order to implement its pending obligations

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We are concerned about public statements on the enforcement of death sentences – despite Sri Lanka’s international commitment to the UN moratorium on the death penalty. We also share the concerns stated in the report of OHCHR. The country must ensure the replacement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and review all cases of detainees thereunder. Transparent and reliable jurisdiction is a key to societal reconciliation, as we know in Germany.

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