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New Lanka govt looks to improve rights record

Following new PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s assertion that his government would get the country’s human rights house in order, separate missions are to make crucial visits abroad to engage with global agencies.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera said, President Maithripala Sirisena’s international affairs advisor, Jayantha Dhanapala is to travel to Geneva. “We are taking the international commitments very seriously. Mr Dhanapala will go to Geneva to meet with the UN Human Rights Council,” Perera said.

Dhanapala, a former top UN diplomat is to meet with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN Human Rights Commissioner. “We hope the next UNHRC report on Sri Lanka would be favourable. The new government is determined to make amends with the international agencies”, Perera said.

The new government has said they will continue with the same non-cooperation policy of the Rajapaksa government on international investigation to probe alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. 
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