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Ensure immediate relief for most vulnerable groups - Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet
Michelle Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday urged the Sri Lankan Government to ensure immediate relief for the most marginalized and vulnerable groups and to prioritise social protection as it negotiates a recovery plan from the current crisis.

“I hope efforts will focus on deeper institutional reforms to ensure greater transparency and accountability in governance, reduce inequalities and advance reconciliation and justice for all communities” she said in her Oral Update on global human rights developments to the 50th Human Rights Council session in Geneva yesterday

Bachelet said she is observing worrying consequences on human rights as a result of economic and other crises in some countries.

“A global food, fuel and finance crisis now risks plunging millions into food insecurity and poverty. 1.2 billion people live in countries that are severely exposed and vulnerable to all three dimensions of finance, food, and energy, simultaneously. The World Food Programme estimates that the number of severely food insecure people is expected to grow from 276 million at the start of 2022 to 323 million in the course of the year. According to the UN Global Crisis and Response Group the combination of higher food and energy prices, growing inflation, export restrictions, and tightening financial conditions will be devastating, in particular on the most vulnerable.Inequalities between and within countries are skyrocketing, threatening COVID-19 recoveries, undermining progress in the implementation of the SDGs and slowing down climate action,” she added.

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