Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Jayanath Colombage said that India was the first country that they had turned to for support, as per the report of PTI.
The Ganga Times, Global News: India’s southern neighbour Sri Lanka has officially sought our support at the United Nation Human Rights Council ahead of its meet. The UNHRC sessions is scheduled to be held next week on the issue of the island nation’s human rights record.
Although Sri Lanka has asked for help from many countries, India was the first one they talked to. Speaking to Hitu TV, Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Jayanath Colombage said India was the first country that Colombo had turned to for support.
Recently, Sri Lanka has been on UNHRC’s radar regarding the forced cremation of Muslims and Christians during Covid-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka’s record in human rights and related accountability will be probed during the session of UN Human Rights Council.
According to a PTI report, Colombage said that they had sent a special communique to Prime Minister Modi seeking India’s help in the matter.
The comments of the foreign ministry’s official came after the UNHRC Core Group started pressurising Sri Lanka. They will bring a resolution next week to focus on Sri Lanka’s human rights accountability.
“The Core Group restates the ongoing importance of addressing Sri Lanka in the Human rights Council. Informed by the report the core group intends to present a resolution to promote reconciliation accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka,” the statement read.
The Sri Lanka Core Group consists of countries like UK, Germany, Canada, Malawi, North Macedonia and Montenegro.
With Inputs from NDTV.