Australia criticised over SL vote

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Human Rights Watch has criticised the Federal Government for waiting until the last minute to endorse a UN Human Rights Council resolution calling for a war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka.

The US-sponsored resolution, which passed on Thursday night, says the Sri Lankan government should conduct independent investigations into violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law during the country’s 30-year civil war.

Of the 47-member UN forum, 25 countries voted in favour, 13 against, eight countries abstained and one was absent.

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said Australia endorsed the resolution reluctantly, and at the last minute, because of concerns it would offend the ruling Rajapaksa brothers.

"It is pretty clear Australia's policy toward Sri Lanka is the asylum seeker tail wagging the bilateral dog," he said.

"And it's pretty clear that Australia's policy is entirely set by its determination to stem the flow of boat people, mostly Tamils, from Sri Lanka."(ABC/Reuters)

  Comments - 17

  • MagodisThuma Saturday, 23 March 2013 10:57 AM

    International human rights law and international humanitarian law was well protected by USA in Japan,Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan & Pakistan !

    kumar Monday, 25 March 2013 06:50 AM

    Of course you are free to sent those details and evidence to HRC and other other organizations if you really have.

    Rohith Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:20 AM

    As if others countries are different. Every country works in their own interest just the like US when it wants to invade a sovereign state in search of oil. Don't blame Australia.

    lal Sunday, 24 March 2013 02:37 AM

    There many self confessed LTTE terrorists who have murdered or abetted murder of sinhala civilians living comfortable lives in UK, Australia, Canada, US. So called HR enterprises can identify them and make those countries hold them accoutable. Are HR enterprises only paid by their paymasters for their efforts to achieve a given political agenda?

    clueless Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:14 AM

    who ever it is usa or sl when fighting terror you are not always by the script

    Banda Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:45 AM

    Good comment kkr.

    reader Monday, 25 March 2013 05:51 AM

    What justice are you talking about? If you are a tamil who lived in Colombo, you would know how LTTE violated the human rights of the tamils!!

    weha Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:20 AM

    Just because someone else does it doesn't mean that you too can do it, that is just childish

    Uditha Karaputugala Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:07 PM

    US the International Policemen can invade and stark OIL. If others do its a crime. Same act two different statements.

    mewan Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:10 PM

    Well said man well said.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:38 AM

    Why be selective? You should also seek justice from India and tamil diaspora who supported and financed the LTTE who killed thousands of tamil women, men and children.

    Nodrog Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:40 AM

    Come on you bunch of losers...enough of this 'we want justice' baila. Get on with your lives and try to make up for the 30yrs we lost to the war.

    Yuri Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:20 PM

    Aus dump all the farm products and pick up all house maid money made by Lankan in Middle east.

    kkr Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:37 PM

    we tamils want justice, if government feels they did good things to tamils before/after/during the war , then why they afraid to allow international to investigate it?

    Thomas Sunday, 24 March 2013 05:22 AM

    kkr, your reasoning is well received. Why we fear if our house is in order.?

    jacoob Sunday, 24 March 2013 08:37 AM

    yeah one by one .. let us start with democratically elected govt


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