Lanka says UNHRC should not be politicized
Sri Lanka says the developing world has a particular interest in ensuring that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is not politicized.
External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said that such organs of the UN System should not become instruments for giving effect to decisions made by power blocs for political reasons.
He said this during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru, the External Affairs Ministry said.
He said that countries emerging from painful conflicts and renewing their commitment to economic and social development after the eradication of terrorism, deserve understanding and sympathetic support from the international community, not judgmental attitudes buttressed by pressure which erodes the dignity and self-respect of developing nations.
“If political and strategic alignments, rather than recourse to an issue based approach, are seen to determine voting patterns, the actual conduct of these bodies, over time, will move further and further away from the value system underpinning the Charter of the United Nations,” the Minister observed.