This week, the Core Group for Sri Lanka (comprising Canada, the United Kingdom, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Germany) issued a statement regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The statement was presented in Geneva by the UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French. The Core Group pays tribute to the people of Sri Lanka and to all those involved in delivering safe and peaceful Parliamentary elections. The Group calls on the Sri Lankan Government to fortify its commitment to fostering reconciliation, justice and peaceful coexistence among Sri Lanka’s diverse communities. The Group expresses its strong solidarity with Sri Lanka’s civil society, and human rights defenders, and encourages the government to take all steps necessary to allow them to operate freely. The statement reiterates the importance of Resolution 30/1, through which, in 2015, the Council created a framework to help Sri Lanka heal the wounds of its past.
What is the UN Human Rights Council?
The HRC is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly. It meets twice a year at the UN Office at Geneva.