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China Russia Cuba back Sri Lanka

The resolution welcomes the announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka to hold elections to the Provincial Council in the Northern Province in September 2013. Russia reiterated that it was counterproductive to adopt politicized country resolutions, which discredited the work of the Human Rights Council and undermined an authentic dialogue in the area of human rights. The Russian government said it did not support the country-specific resolutions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Syria and Sri Lanka. Cuba reiterated its opposition to country resolutions like those adopted on Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea saying those initiatives did not enjoy true cooperation and were led by solely political motives and might be used to promote and justify military interventions.The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions. The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, in presenting the resolution to the Council, said that there were 41 co-sponsors to the resolution.The resolution had as the co-sponsors Austria, Canada, Croatia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.In a toned down document as compared to the previous drafts, the resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral updateto the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fourth session, and a comprehensive report followed by a discussion at the twenty-fifth session, on the implementation of the present resolution. China, Russia and Cuba have slammed the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka last week.China said that it rejected any attempt to name and shame countries and to exert pressure in this way on States, and pointed out that the resolution on Sri Lanka was a product of politicization. It also welcomes and acknowledes the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding infrastructure, demining, resettling the majority of internally displaced persons, and noting nonetheless that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation and resumption of livelihoods, and stressing the importance of the full participation of local populations, including representatives of civil society and minorities, in these efforts. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Killer might have been halted if weak spot gate had been bolted

first_imgThe terrorist attack on Parliament might have been prevented if police on duty at a well-known security “weak spot” had simply kept it bolted.The killer managed to get in through a vehicle gate in New Palace Yard – used by the Prime Minister and other members of the Government – because it was not locked.Known as Carriage Gates, it is always manned by two police officers, who usually leave it slightly ajar because it is in frequent use. But if the iron double gate had simply been bolted shut, it would have been impossible for the terrorist to pass. She said the thoughts and prayers of “the MPS [the Metropolitan Police] and the thousands of people who work in that building are with that poor officer and their family tonight.“I think we will need to look at security at the Palace [of Westminster] in the wake of this incident, but that is a plan for another day. I think tonight we need to be remembering all those who have been caught up in today’s tragic events.”Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, said there would have to be “a complete overhaul of security from top to bottom”. Mary Creagh, the MP for Wakefield, said: “It’s a terrible, terrible day for Parliament, the one weak spot on our estate is those carriage gates.“We have four police officers there, two on the gate going in, two on the gate going out, we see them every day, we are friends with lots of them.” The one weak spot on our estate is those carriage gatesMary Creagh, the MP for Wakefield Almost 130 MPs demanded more security for their homes in the wake of that attack, including bombproof letter boxes and reinforced windows.However, the presence of dozens of armed officers who patrol the Parliamentary estate had reassured MPs that, once through the gates of the Palace of Westminster, they were safe.In addition to the police presence, office doors require a security pass to open them. Pedestrian entrances for passholders require a pass and a pin number and passholders are vetted in advance by the security services. Parliamentary pass holders, who include MPs, journalists and staff, are allowed to enter the building through secure turnstiles without bag checks or scanners. Members of the public must go through airport-type security at pedestrian entrances. Despite her criticism, Ms Creagh praised the officers on duty at the Parliamentary estate, saying: “My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families as they have been absolute heroes. They are the people who stand there and have witnessed this attack on our building and our security.“They put their lives in harm’s way for us and I just want to thank them for what they’ve done.”Richard Benyon, a Conservative MP, said he was “irritated” by reports that parliamentary security was breached.He said on Twitter: “Attacker was taken down at gate. Highly professional response.” Iain Duncan Smith, a former Cabinet minister, asked why an armed policeman was not on the gate and said it was a “little bit of a surprise that there was not”. He said the gate was a “vulnerability” because vehicles came and went through it. The attack raised questions about whether Parliament may have become complacent. Security for MPs was reviewed after the murder of Jo Cox last year, although she was killed in her constituency, not near Parliament. Little bit of a surprise there wasn’t an armed policeman near the gateIain Duncan Smith, a former Cabinet minister Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more