Daily Archives: March 15, 2013

Statement at the Adoption of the Report of the UPR Working Group by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe M.P. Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka on Human Rights Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation

Mr President,

My delegation and I join you this morning with a deep sense of satisfaction. November 2012 saw Sri Lanka face its second UPR and we were able to lay before the working group, our progress since 2008 and the expectations for future improvements in the promotion and protection of human rights, going forward. We have come a long way since the initial Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka during the first cycle in 2008. My country then was engaged in a conflict against terrorism – commencing in 2006 – trying to rescue a civilian population held by a ruthless group of terrorists. A year after that first review, we finally achieved success in the humanitarian operation and witnessed the dawn of a new era of peace, stability and prosperity for all Sri Lankans. Since May 2009 we engaged in a period of consolidation, removing military involvement in civil administration, reconstruction, demining, rehabilitation, resettlement and launched our initial efforts at national reconciliation and peace-building.

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Investigation into the death of the UK national Mr. Khuram Shaikh on 25 December 2011 and the recent visit of Mr. Simon Danczuk, MP

The attention of the Government of Sri Lanka has been drawn to the media interviews given by Mr. Simon Danczuk, UK MP for Rochdale during his recent visit to Sri Lanka to make inquiries about the progress in the legal proceedings relating to the death of Mr. Khuram Shaikh, a UK national which took place on 25 December 2011 in Tangalle.

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