Resolution on SL adopted, 24-15

2012-03-22 10:58:22

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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  Comments - 91

  • Kolomba Kaka Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08

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

    Reply : 223       243

    kurma Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:57

    Friends or no friends. Its a symbolic victory for JUSTICE

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    what the fish Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:20

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

    Reply : 42       98

    Dinithi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08

    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.

    Reply : 302       513

    Ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:50

    Why did SL given such opportunity to india?

    Reply : 71       237

    Prem Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:34

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

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    shan Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:56

    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

    Reply : 78       113

    Prabath Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:58

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

    Reply : 26       273

    imca Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08


    Bangaldeshi Good luck for Asia cup!!
    Saudi Arabian

    You people have a strong back-bone!!

    Reply : 309       290

    RajasH Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:08

    you are in good company

    Reply : 23       124

    ss Friday, 23 March 2012 15:24

    Yes...rogue country!

    5       5

    saro Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:08

    he he he

    Reply : 30       71

    hema Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:44

    We are greatful to you.

    Reply : 50       52

    GOPI Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:53

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


    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

    Reply : 122       197

    Nalin Friday, 23 March 2012 11:48

    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.

    Reply : 6       8

    Nodrog Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:08

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

    Reply : 287       214

    Loving Sri Lankan Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:10

    Ok now what next???

    Reply : 10       148

    saro Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:09


    Reply : 27       99

    Bhumi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:11

    Time to invite China to set up Base in SL

    Reply : 187       293

    kurma Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:29

    Start learning Chinese language

    Reply : 41       300

    pilpa Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:29

    china will occupy Srilanka soon

    Reply : 38       234

    Ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:55

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

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    sukiri Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:11

    The biggest terrorist the world today is the UN itself

    Reply : 310       231

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:30

    today is first hit

    Reply : 30       185

    Kanthi Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:59

    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.

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    Ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:03

    Is that mean all government around the world!

    Reply : 19       75

    Yuri Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:18

    You seems like do not like truth

    Reply : 16       37

    Chandana Amaradasa Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:15

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

    Reply : 204       159

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:21

    joke? you tiny island cant do

    Reply : 72       133

    Bindu Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:17

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

    Reply : 90       234

    peter Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:18

    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 ,

    Reply : 168       100

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:18


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    ASH Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:15

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

    Reply : 66       76

    ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:19

    ok indians get out

    Reply : 131       72

    Leela Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:19

    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.

    Reply : 172       135

    Nimal Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:22

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

    Reply : 102       93

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

    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 .

    Reply : 161       125

    wombat Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:25

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

    Reply : 21       90

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

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

    Reply : 112       206

    Mohmed Ismail Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:00


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    Sena Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:27

    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

    Reply : 24       146

    Saskia Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:28

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

    Reply : 160       280

    Seetha Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:07

    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.....

    Reply : 141       78

    Saskia Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:33

    The gain is justice and more value for human rights.

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    damnyousrilanka Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:28

    Value human life ...if not rather be dead

    Reply : 37       126

    RajasH Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:31

    This is a good vote for all peace loving Sri Lankans

    Reply : 68       217

    XS Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:31

    begin the journey of genuine reconciliation or face the separation.

    Reply : 54       169

    biasedman Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:33

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

    Reply : 139       63

    lal Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:08

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

    Reply : 111       77

    Dushy Ranetunge Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:34

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

    Reply : 96       276

    Realist Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:03

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

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    tamila Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:36

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

    Reply : 111       256

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

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

    Reply : 123       125

    bobbby Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:43


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    jeeva Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:48

    this is just first step guys..

    Reply : 34       146

    Dinesh Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:57

    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.

    Reply : 39       154

    selvan Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:04

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

    Reply : 78       180

    Sanjay Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:26

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

    Reply : 42       132

    siripala Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:26

    Why West indies and Zimbabwe did not vote?

    Reply : 38       15

    Adam & Eve Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:41

    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.

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    Modaya Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:42

    Game us up for Sri Lanka

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    Emanuel Appuhamy Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:45

    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.

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    Nodrog Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:47

    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'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.

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    Sajith Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:48

    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.

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    Mohmed Himas Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:57

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

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    Visman Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:59

    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.

    Reply : 24       83

    Indian Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:01

    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.

    Reply : 74       108

    kasun Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:12

    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..

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    Sajeeth Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:42

    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.

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    Ashan Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:13

    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.

    Reply : 56       44

    siribiris Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:23

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

    Reply : 64       53

    ss Friday, 23 March 2012 15:30

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

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    hewa Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:04


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    NF Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:12

    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!!!

    Reply : 81       64

    Chandra Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:17

    TNA, time is closer.

    Reply : 66       13

    Priya Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:18

    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...

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    Lapas Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:47

    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.

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    Mervyn Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:32

    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.

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    Priya Friday, 23 March 2012 07:00

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

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    shan Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:33

    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.

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    Nipuna Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:45

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

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    aj Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:40

    Libya vote again mr ;plol

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    ravi Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:43


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    hema ruhunuhewa Friday, 23 March 2012 02:21


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    Javi Friday, 23 March 2012 03:00

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

    Reply : 10       29

    Kalani Raja Friday, 23 March 2012 03:58

    What ? Even Libya voted against us?

    Reply : 4       28

    Wombat Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:06

    Remember its not Gaddafi land now

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    KUMUDU Friday, 23 March 2012 11:20

    What would happen next?

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    Musthafa Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:42

    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!!!

    Reply : 0       2

    admirersinn Saturday, 24 March 2012 06:00

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

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