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Thousands stage rallies against U.S. resolution on human rights in Sri Lanka

(Xinhua)

08:21, February 28, 2012

COLOMBO, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankans staged massive demonstrations across the country on Monday against a U.S. sponsored resolution scheduled to be presented at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

Another demonstration was also staged opposite the U.S. Embassy to Sri Lanka forcing the police to close the adjoining road to ensure that there is no threat to the embassy premises.

Speaking at one of the protest rallies staged in the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lankan Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said that some people are even ready to sacrifice their lives to prevent any moves by some countries to violate Sri Lanka's sovereignty.

Thousands of people took part in demonstrations held in Batticaloa in the east of Sri Lanka as well as in Kandy, Hambantota, Ratnapura, Galle and Dambulla, among other areas.

A massive demonstration was also held in the capital Colombo with several government ministers attending and speaking against the proposed resolution.

"This is a protest to display solidarity towards the motherland against baseless allegations of human rights violations and war crimes," said Minister of Power and Energy Champika Ranawaka.

Ranawaka said that the protests would be continued until the alleged resolution against Sri Lanka to be defeated.

Meanwhile, a leading Catholic Bishop in Colombo also condemned moves to put forward a resolution against Sri Lanka.

The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that presenting a resolution against Sri Lanka by the United States at the United Nations Human Right Council session in Geneva is an undue meddling in the sovereignty and integrity of Sri Lanka.

The resolution to be presented at the UNHRC aims to pressure the Sri Lankan government to take prompt measures to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission which was appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to look at some of the incidents which took place during the war between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels.

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