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UNHRC adopts resolution on human rights violation in Sri Lanka

[Hindu, Thursday, 21 March 2013 13:16 No Comment]

This March 21, 2013 screen grab from UN Web TV shows the U.N. Human Rights Council in session. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution on human rights violation in Sri Lanka, with 25 countries including India voting in favour of the document in the 47-nation strong body.

While 13 countries including Pakistan voted against, eight member-states abstained from voting on the contentious resolution that saw political tremors in India with DMK pulling out of the ruling UPA alliance and the Government. Gabon, a member-country, had voting rights issue.

The watered-down resolution also saw India pushing for new elements through written amendments calling for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violation and other accountability measures to be accepted by Sri Lanka, according to sources.

During ‘Intervention in the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’, India’s permanent Representative Dilip Sinha said, “We reiterate our call for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violations and loss of civilian lives.”

“We note with concern the inadequate progress by Sri Lanka in fulfilling its commitment to this Council in 2009.

Further, we call on Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and building upon it,” Mr. Sinha said.

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