Resolution on SL adopted, 24-15

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The US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the 19 session of the UNHRC in Geneva was adopted short while ago with 24 countries voting for & 15 against 8 abstained

India voted in favour of a resolution backed by the United States at the UNHCR sessions conducted today. The UN's top human rights body has passed a resolution calling on Sri Lanka to properly investigate alleged war crimes during its 26-year conflict with the Tamil Tigers.


Sri Lanka and its allies on the 47-member council had fiercely resisted the resolution saying it unduly interfered in the country's domestic affairs and could hinder its reconciliation process.

But backers, such as the United States, the European Union and India, say credible probes into alleged crimes committed by both sides are an important step for justice and equality in post-conflict Sri Lanka.

China however backed Sri Lanka and opposed the proposed UN resolution.

Bangladesh has voted against the resolution on Sri Lanka, saying that there is a disturbing selectivity when deciding which countries to bring resolutions against. It however called on the government to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. Mexico has supported the resolution.

China has said that the resolution against Sri Lanka are contrary to the interests of the UN charter and called on all members of the council to vote against it. The Chinese delegate said that the resolution was a blatant violation of Sri Lanka’s rights as a sovereign nation, and amounted to interference in the domestic affairs of the country. Speaking immediately afterwards, the Maldives also voted against the resolution saying that while it supported accountability as a concept, it felt Sri Lanka had not been given enough time to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Committee. Indonesia has also voted against the resolution.

Thailand praises Sri Lankan efforts at reconciliation and votes against the resolution. The Philippines and Nigeria have also voted against the resolution. Philippines said that they did not support resolutions targeted at certain countries, particularly those just coming out of a post war situation.

Russia says that outside intervention in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka would be counter productive and says they take the view that the country situations may be considered in the council only with the agreement of the country concerned. Ecuador also voted against the resolution.

Uruguay has voted for the resolution and asked the Sri Lankan government to also look into the issues of forced disappearances and the harassment and abduction of Human Rights defenders in the country.

Kirghystan has abstained on the basis that the Sri Lankan government has not had enough time to implement the resolutions of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission.

Cuba has said that the draft resolution against Sri Lanka smacked of hypocrisy and double standards, particularly by countries who were sponsoring the initiative. In a strongly worded speech, the Cuban delegate said that if the US and EU were asking for an investigation in Sri Lanka, why they did not demand a similar investigation into civilian deaths in the NATO sponsored campaign in Libya, and the US war in Iraq. They said they were a friend of Sri Lanka and could not support the resolution.
 
The US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka is currently up for debate in the United Nations Human Rights Convention in Sri Lanka. Speaking at the council debate, Sri Lanka said it was vehemently opposed to the resolution in its current form. The Sri lankan delegate said, “The resolution runs counter to the international law principle that local remedies should be exhausted”. He added that the resolution by UNHRC would allow the LTTE to resume under the protection of the Council.

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  • Nalin Friday, 23 March 2012 11:48 AM

    You have thanked all the these great nations NOW you have to migrate to a western country if you want to live your life like a human.

    Sanjay Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:26 PM

    I am really happy that the resolution passed. This shows that you cannot fool all the people all the time.

    Yuri Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:18 PM

    You seems like do not like truth

    siripala Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:26 PM

    Why West indies and Zimbabwe did not vote?

    what the fish Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:20 PM

    so this whole resolution was about finding who our true friends were, was it?

    Kanthi Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:59 PM

    But Mohamed lets see how its going to be implemented. We sri lankans must not cow down to US. They are the worlds number one Human Rights abusers. They killed so many in Afhanistan and Libya and made chaos in Iraq. Let them pay for these.

    Saskia Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:33 PM

    The gain is justice and more value for human rights.

    Modaya Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:42 PM

    Game us up for Sri Lanka

    Priya Friday, 23 March 2012 07:00 AM

    @ Mervyn,
    Who are our real friends?
    Everyone has their own agenda and interests at heart!

    Adam & Eve Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:41 PM

    Current regime never acted with transparency nor accountability. They have never been true patriots. True patriots are those who love the society, and not the ones who lead the society to a slow distruction and death (see the number of open crimes that take place in SL now) like the present rulers do in the disguise of patriotism.

    Analysing the whole scenario, it is the current rulers who gave enough opportunities for Imperialism to encroach our land. They are dirty enough even to use this as an opportunity to keep in power.

    Pray that somebody will step forward to save the country from the present disastrous rulers and then from the imperials.

    Mohmed Himas Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:57 PM

    "The Philippines and Nigeria have also voted against the resolution.

    sukiri Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:11 PM

    The biggest terrorist the world today is the UN itself

    Emanuel Appuhamy Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:45 PM

    Please can someone tell me what is wrong with this resolution. My understanding is, International Community want SL to implement the LLRC recommendations. Why are we so upset about it ? Anything wrong with implementing them ? Have we forgotten about the findings, recomandations and reports from various inquires and commissions and of course Mervin's inquiries. What happened to those reports and findings ? Any action taken by the government ? King Rajapakse was ready to send the LLRC report down the same way. International Community is not as oblivious as Rajapakse & co think. We need to maintain law and order in our country, not Rajapakse's brain washing, bribery, intimidation and terror.

    Chandana Amaradasa Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:15 PM

    why not Sl should sponser a resolution against India & US for big time war crimes in Kashmir & Irag,afgan & pakistan as well.....

    Nodrog Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:47 PM

    After the veto on Syria by Russia and China the US desperately wanted a win at the UN so they watered down the resolution on SL to ensure it would be passed......it's not all that bad guys! And the Lankans who are rejoicing remember you too will be affected by sanctions, if any, are passed on SL.

    Sajith Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:48 PM

    Look at this Bandaranayake, Srimavo, & JR. Your irresponsible politics and poor vision led this once proud Sri Lanka to this stage. If you guys acted properly there was no room for India to meddle in SL and train Tamil youths.

    peter Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:18 PM

    dont worry, they (us) showed how politically powered they are..., not only that covered nations around them.

    thank for all the countries who see what happend n is happening in srilanka (Specially china and), we all are srilankan we got strength to go ahead, keep things going well we can show how we are in 3 years ,

    Visman Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:59 PM

    This isnt against srilanka, its against something happened in srilanka. Backbone, Betrayal... enough of those bullshits.
    If you have backbone and not willing to betray anybody call upon an independent investigation!!
    I didnt take your pen but i want let any one check my purse.

    Leela Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:19 PM

    India knew the US cares two hoots about Indian unity. Yet, they vote with the US to stisfy the racist Tamil Nadu Tamils. Let's stick to our true friends and watch those who sleep with dogs get up with ticks.

    Indian Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:01 PM

    Sincere suggestion to lankans. Look at India
    India has 50 Major languages. Every state has its own language, culture, So it came up with a federal structure based on language and each state has a state govt, Chief minister and governor and a common central govt. Why are sirilanka follow this. You can have 2 states one for tamils and one for sinhalese and a common central govt. This solution will work. But you need to be bold.

    Nodrog Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08 PM

    So.....the hypocrites and bullies have won! Good to know who our friends are.

    Ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:55 PM

    They not that stupid!, They will colonies SL. Already Chinese are working in SL while there are lot lankans looking for jobs!

    kurma Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:57 PM

    Friends or no friends. Its a symbolic victory for JUSTICE

    Musthafa Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:42 AM

    This resolution increased the support of president by another 20%,

    If any election comes now it is suer Mahinda will get 85% of the total poll!!!

    NF Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:12 PM

    USA is No 1 in the World for Huma Rights violations!!!!! I hope the rest of the World will unite to take action against USA!!!

    Bhumi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:11 PM

    Time to invite China to set up Base in SL

    admirersinn Saturday, 24 March 2012 06:00 AM

    Out of 13 nations 6 countries are Muslims. They also against human right?

    Chandra Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:17 PM

    TNA, time is closer.

    Priya Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:18 PM

    If not anything, I think SL learned a valuable lesson today!
    Even if all the other countries voted against SL, the fact that India betrayed SL was the hardest to stomach...

    Dinithi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08 PM

    Back stabbing India!! They created the LTTE, protected Prabhakaran twice, waited till thousands of people die, and now Sri Lanka is made the guilty party. None of this would not have happened if they did not create a monster like the LTTE. But India is now clean and asking us to clean up our act. Now I can underatand why Pakistanis hate India so much.

    hewa Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:04 PM

    A FOREGONE CONCLUSION...!

    Saskia Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:28 PM

    Very happy about the final result. Thanks for all the countries which have voted for this resolution.

    Ashan Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:13 PM

    Then What about the muslims?? another state ?? is it?? India is 60 times larger than SL. Think of it.. And there aren't any issue to the Tamil people living in sri lanka because of tamil. the problems they faced with poverty and all are common to all.

    ss Friday, 23 March 2012 03:24 PM

    Yes...rogue country!

    Mervyn Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:32 PM

    Now MR's Govt. is aware of the actual supportive actions of real and assumed friends of Sri Lanka, it should rethink with whom Sri Lanka should do business the future. Very specially India supporting the US should be an eye opener. To consider projects like, Oil exploration around Mannar, Renovation of Northern Railway line from Madawachchi to KKS, the fuel sales outlets by foreign firms, and other pending projects. It is better to know your friends and keep them where they are but deal with real friends who helped Sri Lanka at the time of need without bending over for a FIST full of Dollars.

    ASH Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:15 PM

    M Ismail is a pseudonym for tamil person writing in the guise of a muslim. the LTTE massacred muslims as well in their masjids

    ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:19 PM

    ok indians get out

    RajasH Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:08 PM

    you are in good company

    saro Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:08 PM

    he he he

    siribiris Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:23 PM

    Read your own history man. see how you militarily crushed Tamil Nadu claim for independence...Shame on you india...

    Seetha Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:07 PM

    Wonder what you have gained from this? if it makes you happy, good for you !!!!.... but its sad to see how narrow minded one can be.....

    saro Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:09 PM

    party????????????????/

    Kolomba Kaka Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08 PM

    Now we know who our real friends are and those on the fence!

    imca Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08 PM

    Thankyou!!

    Bangaldeshi Good luck for Asia cup!!
    Chines
    Ugandaian
    Indonesiyan
    Kuwaitien
    Maldivians
    Qatarian
    Saudi Arabian
    Philippianian
    Thailand
    Cuban
    Ecuador
    Russian

    You people have a strong back-bone!!

    kasun Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:12 PM

    sri lanka is an small island it is 60 times lesser than ur country even ur tamil nadu is clode to sri lanka land capacity. so if u are a well educated man just ask from ur self whether it is possible to devide a small country in to two parts? and since u are an indian u might not that much aware of sri lanka there is no problems between tamils and sinhalese we are livels here peacefully .. so before making a comment specially regarding a country u may go to that land and study the situation and after that u can make a good decision on that. if sri lanka seperated in to two parts whole economy and culture and lots of things will be collapse it will effect for sri lankan it means for sinhalese,tamils ,muslims , burgers, malay and so on..SO what is the purpose of deviding a country in to peices if there is no use of doing that for the people who are living in that country..

    ss Friday, 23 March 2012 03:30 PM

    better study history man! TN never asked for Independence ever!

    Dushy Ranetunge Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:34 PM

    Thank you, United States and the EU. Lets hope at least we now have some quality governance in SL.

    tamila Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:36 PM

    Thanks for voted in favour of resolution..............G

    Loving Sri Lankan Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:10 PM

    Ok now what next???

    DXB -Real UNP Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:22 PM

    Very soon UN will be liqudated ,

    We are Sri Lankan and we stand with our mother land , we fight against MR and brothers on a different subjects , but when any one try take over the field , we will stand along with MR brothers to save it .

    bobbby Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:43 PM

    EYE OPENER TO SRILANKA.HOPE THIS WILL DEVELOP A GOOD DEMOCRACY IN SRILANKA.Thanks US and Europe

    damn it Sri Lanka Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:25 PM

    Excellent outcome!!!! We thought West was blind!!! Thank you for teaching a lesson.

    Bindu Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:17 PM

    It is a Win for Truth & Humanity
    Lost for Untruthful, Broken-promises & Cheating
    People of SL Please wake-up

    Realist Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:03 AM

    This is not about quality of governance but an attempt at controlling sri lanka to keep with western interests.

    biasedman Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:33 PM

    UNHRC has more western countries so its not fair...

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:18 PM

    WELCOME! WELCOME! INSHA ALLAH!
    ALLAH WITH US. WE ARE NOT AGAINST TAMIL.
    WE DEMAND US TO HELD ELECTION IN NORTH EAST.

    hema Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:44 PM

    We are greatful to you.

    damnyousrilanka Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:28 PM

    Value human life ...if not rather be dead

    kurma Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:29 PM

    Start learning Chinese language

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:21 PM

    joke? you tiny island cant do

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:30 PM

    today is first hit

    Nimal Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:22 PM

    Yes, Once they slept with this dogs and lost their Leader Rajeev Gandhi. Will see this time.....

    RajasH Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:31 PM

    This is a good vote for all peace loving Sri Lankans

    XS Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:31 PM

    begin the journey of genuine reconciliation or face the separation.

    hema ruhunuhewa Friday, 23 March 2012 02:21 AM

    GOOD BYE INDIA ! WE ARE GOING TO CHINA

    Ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:50 PM

    Why did SL given such opportunity to india?

    wombat Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:25 PM

    Just looking at the votes for the comments show who's more interested in this news

    m.k.m.Aslam Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:41 PM

    my saloute for those countries who have voted in favour of sri lanka.

    shan Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:33 PM

    Thank You Our friends.

    United States, UK, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Nigeria, mauritius, Costarica, Czechrepublic, Cameroon, & Libya.

    You are the real democrative Countrys.

    Sena Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:27 PM

    So no vote here from China or Russia . Whats next? Its better for Sri lanka to take stock of what has gone on. All the countries which Import Sri Lankan products and keep our manufacturing plants working with jobs for hundreds of thousands of people with tariff concessions have voted against us- there is no point calling them enemies. Our friends in reality have told us that there is a lot of work to do by ourselves for the sake of national unity and human rights.This is not interference buy advise from those who support us with MONEY

    shan Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:56 PM

    India, its well known story at last with us bangaldesh and maldives only very soon these two countries also will face same problems because of supporting lanka

    Dinesh Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:57 PM

    this has nothing do with democracy or anything. Just to implement the recommendations of the LLRC that's it. Stop hoping that USA and the EU is going to come marching to SL. Half the Sri Lankans are crazy, don't know what you guys are talking about. Even the resolution was watered down just because the USA wanted a win somehow.

    Prabath Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:58 PM

    India is the only Asian country voted in favour of a resolution backed by the United States

    jeeva Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:48 PM

    this is just first step guys..

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:00 PM

    WE THANK TO GOD, SRI LANKA 2 COUNTRIES

    Ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:03 PM

    Is that mean all government around the world!

    Nipuna Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:45 PM

    Very Dissapoitng.. yet we owe a big thank for Russia, Cuba, China and other countries for their true friendship.

    Javi Friday, 23 March 2012 03:00 AM

    Justice survived in International, Now all the Sri Lankan need to unite for Justice domestically

    selvan Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:04 PM

    Thanks for all the countries which have voted for this resolution.

    Lapas Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:47 PM

    Most of the Muslim Countries have voted against the resolution, A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL, AND ALSO TO THE OTHER COUNTRIES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED SRI LANKA
    This shows the wisdom of these countries.

    GOPI Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:53 PM

    We also need to thank the following countries for taking Sri Lanka to the right direction.

    Thanks

    Austria, Belgium, Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Libya, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United States and Uruguay

    lal Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:08 PM

    India will have to live with this and non of her neighbours will ever trust the back stabber.

    Wombat Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:06 AM

    Remember its not Gaddafi land now

    KUMUDU Friday, 23 March 2012 11:20 AM

    What would happen next?

    aj Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:40 PM

    Libya vote again mr ;plol

    Sajeeth Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:42 PM

    So, how about Switzerland, a small country has 26 states with own police and all. only finance and military with central. when u divide as states, administration power will increase, by that could develop more, So, devide it as 9 states, give the rights, police, land rights, have the finance and military with central.

    pilpa Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:29 PM

    china will occupy Srilanka soon

    Kalani Raja Friday, 23 March 2012 03:58 AM

    What ? Even Libya voted against us?

    ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:43 PM

    :((

    Prem Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:34 PM

    India is in a situation like '' gedara giyith AMBU nasi maga hitiyot THO nasi''


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