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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

Sri Lanka elected to prestigious UN Human Rights Council

Colombo, 10 May, ( Despite futile attempts by the anti-Sri Lankan Asian Human Rights Commission and the LTTE lobby the packed UN General Assembly elected Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

Sri Lanka gained 127 votes to win a seat in this prestigious 47-member Council, exceeding the minimum of 97 votes required to win a seat. Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN, said that the victory is a convincing expression of confidence expressed by the international community in Sri Lanka’s commitment to democracy and human rights.

A spokesperson for the Norwegians Against Terrorism said: "In particular it is an expression of confidence in the government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse who is facing one of the biggest terrorist threats to destabilize democracy and human rights in Sri Lanka."

A representative of the Australian-based Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights (SPUR) said that the international community has rejected with contempt the bogus pro-LTTE NGOs who lobbied against Sri Lanka,"This reveals that these fake and self-serving NGOs, allied to the LTTE, are completely out of touch with the realities of the world threatened by terrorism," he said.
Sri Lanka will also be contesting next week for a place in the Peace Building Commission. It is already a member of the Economic and Social Council of the UN.

- Asian Tribune -

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