The European Union has reaffirmed its commitment to human rights, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.
In a statement during the Interactive Dialogue on Sri Lanka at the 51st regular sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the EU delegation while welcoming the report presented by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the European Union encourages the government of Sri Lanka to remain engaged with the UN and international partners as well as fully cooperate with the High Commissioner.
The EU delegation said it recognizes the challenges Sri Lanka is facing following months of protest and the recent change of government. It meanwhile underlined the need of upholding all human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of opinion and expression of all persons in Sri Lanka, including persons and groups in vulnerable and marginalized situations.
The EU delegation said, “We also underline the need for effective and equal fulfilment of economic, social and cultural rights of all. The EU condemns the unwarranted use of force against peaceful demonstrators and calls upon Sri Lanka to suspend the Prevention of Terrorism Act until it is in full compliance with international human rights law and standards and calls for accountability and immediate acts to end impunity.”
The EU delegation also said it will continue to support Sri Lanka’s efforts towards a fully inclusive dialogue on governance, rule of law, democratic values, and devolution and human rights.