UNHRC adopts draft resolution on Sri Lanka
Posted on March 23rd, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday adopted the draft resolution against Sri Lanka tabled at council by the Core Group.

The vote on draft resolution L1/Rev.1 titled Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” concluded, a short while ago, and was carried out via electronic voting during the meeting of the 46th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

Of the 47 states that took part in the vote in Geneva, 22 member states voted in favour of the resolution while 11 had voted against. 

Meanwhile a total of fourteen (14) member states abstained from voting.

Member states that voted in favour:

Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Italy, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Uruguay.

Member states that voted against: 

Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.  

Member states that abstained: 

Bahrain, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Japan, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Sudan and Togo.

The vote on the draft resolution titled ‘Promotion of Reconciliation Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ was initially expected to be taken on Monday (22) but officials in Geneva said it has been postponed to Tuesday owing to some scheduling issues.

On Friday, the final form of the Sri Lanka draft resolution was submitted, with the voting likely to be held on March 22-23.

The draft resolution, sponsored by United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro, North Macedonia, was formally submitted on March 12. The zero draft which had earlier been circulated was further strengthened during the consultations between the member states.

The changes in the final version inserts language calling on Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitment on devolution, including the holding of provincial council elections.

The draft resolution also calls upon Colombo to ensure that all provincial councils, including the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils, are able to operate effectively, in accordance with the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka”.

The UNHRC draft resolution noted the persistent lack of accountability of domestic mechanisms” and calls to support trials in foreign countries. It also calls for strengthening the office of the UN human rights chief in collecting and preserving evidence related to human rights violations in Sri Lanka, to use them in future accountability processes.

The draft has been revised to state that Sri Lanka would be on UNHRC’s agenda every six months till September 2022. It also asks the UN Human Rights chief to give an oral update on Sri Lankan in September 2021 and then a written report in March 2022.

One Response to “UNHRC adopts draft resolution on Sri Lanka”

  1. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    It’s rubbing salt to the wound they caused calling these countries third world! Where is second world? It is a derogatory
    term coined by the same people who robbed these countries and then finally destroyed never to get up on their feet.
    Why? The countries were changed forever by the colonial menaces by shifting people from different countries who
    don’t want to be part of those countries after centuries and centuries. Dutch bar stewards brought the worst culprits and
    look where Sri Lanka today. Not content with killing 100,000+, using UNHRC etc. west’s cat’s paw to trouble Sri Lanka
    nationally and internationally.

    The traitor foreigners killed 100,000+ to achieve their drealam and still haven’t given up the project. Whoever can
    afforded a plane ticket was dispatched to developed countries by traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only)
    thambi mudiyanselagejr@. Now the traitors are driving nail after after nail using their block votes to blackmail deshapaluwas in those countries and putting all sorts of trouble through UNHCRapists (impotent in Syria, Yemen rampaging rapists in Sri Lanka). Looked everywhere to find thambi mudiyanselage jr@ to thank for all the ills Sri Lanka facing today after colonial menace done half the job. Unfortunately traitor alugosuwa is long dead and still some people, including some Sinhala dhrohiyas revere the monster.

    Why not call these countries developing countries. Haven’t they suffered enough to be rubbed salt on their wounds
    which are never going to heal thanks to planting these undesirables who are plotting to kill the natives! Sri Lanka is a
    melting pot today. Thanks to colonial menace and anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka, anti Sri Lanka, minority worshipin,
    Mother Lanka dismembering UNPatrioitc_party!

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