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End discrimination against ethnic minorities: US to Colombo

[PTI, Thursday, 28 May 2009 09:43 No Comment]

The US has asked Sri Lanka to combat discrimination against ethnic minorities to secure peace in the country after end of the military campaign, while demanding unhindered access for humanitarian bodies to the people displaced in the conflict.

"To secure the peace, we encourage the government of Sri Lanka to make all possible efforts to combat discrimination against persons belonging to ethnic minorities and to ensure equal access for all to education, health, housing, water, and food," US Charge D’affairs Mark C Storella said at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Sri Lanka at Geneva.

"In addition, it is imperative that all of Sri Lanka’s diverse people are able to speak freely, have access to information, receive equal treatment and justice before law and are able to participate fully in political process," he said, according to a copy of the speech made available here.

Welcoming the end of fighting, the US diplomat asked Colombo to ensure "immediate, full, safe and unhindered" access for humanitarian assistance to all persons in need, besides working to disarm and rehabilitate child soldiers.

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