As said by Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that, his country will not succumb to any pressure in response to a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution, that was passed last week.
According to the Resolution, a UN body will investigate the incidents that happened after 3 decades-long civil war.
In a statement released on Monday, the Sri Lankan President said, “Sri Lanka will face the challenge without fear and that it will not succumb to pressure”.
Rajapaksa, further said his country’s national development strategies are in place which includes environment-friendly projects like providing electrical power to all households as well as boosting the country’s economy.
This is the reason according to Mr. Rajapaksa foreign and local forces who are against the nation’s progress are misleading people.
He said, “If you give in to those lies the damage could be irreversible”.
UN Human Rights Council’s resolution calls for Sri Lanka’s accountability over incidents related to the 30-year civil war between the government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels (LTTE).
Tamil Tiger rebels were militarily defeated in May 2009; Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Sri Lanka’s Defence Minister at that time.
The UNHRC resolution was passed after 22 countries voted in its favor, 11 countries against it, and 14 abstaining.
This resolution allows “the UN “to collect, consolidate, analyze and preserve information and evidence, and to develop possible strategies for future accountability processes for gross violations of human rights or serious violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka, to advocate for victims and survivors, and to support relevant judicial and other proceedings”.
The UN allocated a budget of $2.8 million to hire investigators who will work to collect the evidence.