ITAK welcomes UNHRC report on Sri Lanka

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The Central Committee of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) welcomed the report of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka,  a statement from the party said.  

 

 The statement said, “We urge the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to strictly adhere to the commitments it has made to the International community in bringing in lasting peace and a political solution to the national question. Furthermore, we appeal to the GoSL not to deviate from these commitments and deliver on the promises that the it has made to both the people of Sri Lanka and the International Community.   


We strongly endorse the recommendations made by the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council and urge the member states to ensure a close and constructive engagement with the Sri Lankan Government. The ITAK/and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has constantly raised the issues pertaining to the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), release of lands belonging to civilians, the issue of missing persons and the release of political prisoners. The slow progress in addressing these issues has raised serious concern about the genuineness of government’s actions among the Tamil People.   


We strongly urge the International community to hold the GoSL accountable for the above-mentioned matters and to the recommendations made by the High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights Council. In addition, we appeal to the GoSL to expedite its actions and to fully implement the cosponsored resolution without undue delay.   

While expressing our appreciation to the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council, on behalf of the most affected Tamil community we urge the office of the UNHRC and other international agencies and member states to ensure that these recommendations are taken seriously and implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka, as per its commitments”.   

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