President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will not allow human rights violations to take place in Sri Lanka during his tenure and assures that the present government has not supported any rights violations.
Delivering the policy statement of the government in Parliament this morning, President Rajapaksa said the present government does not condone human rights violations and they are determined to rectify the false narratives circulated in international fora about Sri Lanka’s human rights situation.
The Head of State stressed that all communities suffered due to terrorism adding in 2009, they managed to liberate the country by defeating the militants.
The President said the government wants to move on from the dark past and ensure a safe and secure country for all communities.
President Rajapaksa claimed that his government rejects racism and is focused on safeguarding the rights of all citizens.
The President noted that for Sri Lanka to move forward, all factions irrespective of race, religion and other differences must unite.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa added that they have invested heavily to bring back normalcy to the war-ravaged North and Eastern region.
The President noted that 90 per cent of the land that were taken over by the military during the conflict have been released, and added that since the security has been ensured, they will be able to release the remaining lands to the previous owners as well.
The President also noted that the missing persons issue is not limited to one faction adding the government is determined to provide a fair solution to all.
President Rajapaksa also requested politicians to refrain from provoking the people to achieve narrow objectives.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning ceremonially declared opened the second session of the ninth Parliament.
President Rajapaksa declared open the session by delivering the policy statement of the government from the chair.
The President delivered the policy statement after Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake read out the gazette notification pertaining to the prorogation of Parliament.
The Head of State presented the government’s policy statement in accordance with powers vested in him by Article 33(2) of the Constitution.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and first lady Ayoma Rajapaksa were received at the Parliamentary complex by Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayaka Serjeant-at-Arms, and Deputy and Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms at around 9.30am. The President after a brief ceremony was escorted to the chamber.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Members of Parliament and special invitees also arrived in Parliament.
Following the tabling of the government policy statement by the President, Parliament was adjourned until today.
Today’s ceremony was held while adhering to all health guidelines.
A two-day debate will be held on the policy statement of the President tomorrow and on Thursday.