Core Group raises concerns at UNHRC on Shavendra’s appointment

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Core Group on Sri Lanka raised concerns at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during its ongoing session on the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Army Commander.

In a statement made on behalf of Canada, Germany North Macedonia, Montenegro, and the United Kingdom as members of the Human Rights Council core group on Sri Lanka, the UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French outlined that the UK remains steadfast in its commitment to help Sri Lanka deliver peace, reconciliation and prosperity for all communities.

“It is four years since Sri Lanka took ownership of delivering wide ranging reforms to advance reconciliation, accountability and human rights through co-sponsorship of Council resolution 30/1. Sri Lanka repeated these commitments, most recently through HRC resolution 40/1, six months ago,” she said