This was the 9th UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka that different governments, including the present one, have refused to accept. Each resolution has made new demands. The list of demands in them grows longer including on economic corruption on which has national implications. The international community may not wish to impose punitive sanctions on Sri Lanka so as not to cause harm to the innocent Sri Lankan people who are suffering from the economic downturn. However, there can be international law and punitive sanctions directed against individuals against whom there are allegations of violations of international law. The government has a duty to protect all its citizens from both the economic crisis and the growing reach of international law. There is a need to consider the reputational damage and the impact on economic flows to the country.
The moral of the Aragalaya is that the sufferings and unmet needs of the general public should not be ignored as it awaits ignition by the events of the day and the hardships faced by them. Sri Lanka requires statesmanship in governance to be displayed in Parliament and by the President at this time and not denial of truths to buy time. The National Peace Council believes that the most important issues to be taken up are those of missing persons, finding the truth of what happened during the war through a truth commission, the misuse of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the enactment of other laws that can violate human rights of people, addressing the political grievances of ethnic minorities through power devolution, holding of local government and provincial council elections and overcoming the economic grievances of general population.
The National Peace Council is an independent and non partisan organization that works towards a negotiated political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. It has a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka in which the freedom, human rights and democratic rights of all the communities are respected. The policy of the National Peace Council is determined by its Governing Council of 20 members who are drawn from diverse walks of life and belong to all the main ethnic and religious communities in the country.