Remarks by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at Launch of Civil Society Network Joint Alternative Report to the Committee Against Torture


Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs

at Launch of Civil Society Network Joint Alternative Report

to the Committee Against Torture

Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKIIRS), 13 October 2016

අශෝක් ස්ටීවන් පූජකතුමනි, රයිට් ටු ලයිෆ් සංවිධානයේ ෆිලිප් දිසානායක මහතා ප්‍රමුඛ මූලාසනයේ සිටින මහත්ම මහත්මයාණෙනි, ඒ වගේම බ්‍රිටෝ ප්‍රනාන්දු මැතිතුමනි, සම්භාවනීය අමුත්තනි, මිත්‍රවරුනි,

අද රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන එක්මුතව විසින් සංවිධානය කරන ලද මෙම ඉතාමත්ම කාලෝචිත වැදගත් සම්මන්ත්‍රනයට මටත් ආරාධනා කිරීම ගැනත්, වචන කීපයක් කථා කරන්න ලැබීම ගැනත් මම ඉතාමත්ම සතුටු වෙනවා.

කොසේ වෙතත් මං හිතන්නනේ මේ ස්ථානයේ විවිධ භාෂා කථා රකන විවිධ අය සිටින නිසා මගේ කථාව ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් කරන්නට මම ඔබතුමන්ලාගේන් මේ අවස්ථාවේ දී ඉල්ලා සිටිනවා.

First of all, I would like to thank the Right to Life Human Rights Centre for inviting me to join you at this important event this afternoon.

The work that you have done, collectively, bringing together a network of I believe more than 20 civil society organisations and activists against torture, which is a subject, which is still being talked about unfortunately after all these years its indeed remarkable. On behalf of my Ministry, and on behalf of the Government, I express my appreciation to you for the dedication and commitment with which you have carried out this work in producing this alternative report which was just handed over to me and I look forward to study some of the recommendations and I even look forward even more to implementing some of these recommendations as early as possible, As you know in fact, when I came Sudarshana was talking about the recent past.

When we campaigned for the Presidential Election in 2015, we did so with your support. In fact, I would say some of the Key Architects of that change, the unexpected change for most people but we were expecting it for quite some time. Many of the Key architects of that change are here today. What we achieved, we could not have achieved without your dedication, without your commitment and without your sense of sacrifice and your willingness to take risks. You made sacrifices because of your belief, because of your commitment to do what is right not just for the present, not merely for political expediency but for the sake of future generations.

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