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Resolution on Sri Lanka passed at UNHRC

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The resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today with 22 voting for, 11 against it and 14 abstentions.

Resolution A/HRC/46/L.1 was presented to the Council by Julian Braithwaite, the UK representative to Geneva, on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka.

Several member States later expressed their views on the resolution during which China called for a vote.

The vote was taken online through Zoom as all 47 members of Council could not attend in person as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apart from the Core Group members and the EU, others who had voted for the resolution included Korea and Mexico.

The United States, which withdrew from the UNHRC when Donald Trump was President, verbally backed the resolution ahead of today's vote. 

China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela are among the countries that voted against the resolution.

India, Japan, Indonesia, Libya, Bahrain, Cameroon and Nepal were among the countries that abstained.

Heavy lobbying took place ahead of the vote with Sri Lanka seeking support against the document while the Core Group called on several countries to support it.

The resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to enhance its monitoring and reporting on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, including on progress in reconciliation and accountability, and to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its forty-eighth session, as well as a written update at its forty-ninth session, and a comprehensive report that includes further options for advancing accountability, at its fifty-first session, both to be discussed in the context of an interactive dialogue.

The resolution also encourages the Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedure mandate holders to provide, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps.  (Easwaran Rutnam) 

 

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  • Leo Tuesday, 23 March 2021 04:51 PM

    LTTE was their pet. So no wonder about these resolutions.

    ding ding dong ding dong Tuesday, 23 March 2021 04:53 PM

    Well done UNHRC Win for all the people loving people Big lost for uncivilized violent people

    Rattapakse Tuesday, 23 March 2021 04:59 PM

    What is next?

    fact Tuesday, 23 March 2021 04:59 PM

    This is good otherwise our stupid politicians and foolish people will never understand the importance of unity and equality to prosper as country .Most of the people here like frogs in the well ,never been to other parts of the world .They have never tasted the freedom , equality ,security in other countries

    Disillusioned Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:00 PM

    Hip hip hurray!!!!!

    Sri Lankan Nationalist Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:01 PM

    LTTE diaspora would be disappointed that India refused support them and remained abstained.

    German Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:03 PM

    Hopefully Sri Lanka will be punished big time internationally for voting for these criminals

    Kokila Thaha Tuesday, 23 March 2021 07:07 PM

    That will never happen German. You seem to be LTTE gura.

    Noel Prasad Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:03 PM

    Look, how many have abstained. Some of them used to be our close friends. Sad to see South Korea voting for it; they could have abstained. Something is very wrong with the strategy.

    RoaringCreek Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:08 PM

    The Sri Lanka Foreign Minister is live on TV and reminds of what people said sitting overturned boat.

    RoaringCreek Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:09 PM

    Now the UNHRC commission should work on that commission, "Political Victimisation".

    Sam Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:12 PM

    In spite of all the dirty things done by SL against India, the spineless India abstains again! Shame!

    DIALLN Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:16 PM

    you may fool some people some other time. but you cant fool all the people all times

    sri Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:17 PM

    Disgusting due to the minority racists politicians

    Roisin Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:19 PM

    What is so embarrassing as well: Sri Lanka voted democratically for this government that violates human rights without any shame. It is a pity I can not buy a doormat with the flag anymore.

    dialln Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:19 PM

    somalia,Eritrea,Bolvita,..........uzbekisthan where are these country in the map?

    Thotamune mallie Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:34 PM

    It's strange you do not know. Get the world map and you will see. Ask any student and they will direct you.

    Ajith Jayasinghe Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:59 PM

    Didn't you go to school mate ? Try night school.

    Honey Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:22 PM

    Just because of these politicians only the poor lankans will have to pay the price

    Mokan Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:22 PM

    Interesting to see the Friends of SL

    Dee Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:23 PM

    Our covid19 tourism ambassador must be very happy to have given away our tourism to Ukraine!

    Whatter Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:23 PM

    Well, that is over. now what???

    Manage Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:32 PM

    It is a crystal clear fact that the international community will not never allow the war criminals to rule the country.it is the end of war criminals.Truth never die

    Sinhalaya Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:28 PM

    War criminals are living in the North and they have to learn their lessons.

    Vipin B Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:33 PM

    True it is double standards. They will NEVER pass a resolution against against Israel for instance. Then again, SL needs to consider - can there be smoke without a fire? I shall leave it to the readers to decide.

    Punchi Banda Tuesday, 23 March 2021 05:39 PM

    Clear division of North

    Ranaweera Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:10 PM

    Let us wait and see what happens and what the impact is.

    Mohamed Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:15 PM

    Now bring Burqa ban.Muslim countries no support.Good that happened.Now government is not under obligation to them.

    jimbo Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:16 PM

    India should have either voted for or against. Abstaining shows that they are cowards. You must have the courage of your conviction. They will never ever become a superpower.

    cc Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:17 PM

    this won't do anything..

    Kumara Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:22 PM

    UK Foreign Office is now working on some army generals in top posts to ban their assets and travel.

    Tania Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:26 PM

    It’s good for the country to return to its Democratic path and work together as one country and one nation.

    Ding ding bell Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:33 PM

    Win for peace loving Sri lankans. Big Lost for uncivilized Sri lankans.

    Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:37 PM

    Aiyo even Ukrain has voted in favour .. wonder how the god father of Ukrain Udayanga has to say now ..

    karu Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:39 PM

    You too Ukraine

    Ravi M Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:53 PM

    We have a worst Foreign minister was handling this issue.

    Prof. Jinadasa T Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:57 PM

    Instead of blaming the countries for voting/absteining, Sri Lanka could have avoid from the inception of bringing in such resolution by not violating human rights of it's own citizens. Simple as that. Pls don't cry now.

    Prageeth Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:58 PM

    This won't do anything. Only a temporally climax for proxy-LTTE terrorists in the island and FAKE Tamil refugees in UK/US

    Jeeves Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:58 PM

    So UN and U.K., start by extraditing Adele Balasingham to Sri Lanka to face charges of terrorism and war crimes!

    Karunaratne Mudalige Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:59 PM

    Thank Sarath Werasekera for making those remarks recently. What fools we have, just look up

    Rukmal Seneviratne Tuesday, 23 March 2021 07:02 PM

    Well done .Gota must be fuming.R.S

    Former Citizen of SL Tuesday, 23 March 2021 07:02 PM

    Australia is not even in UNHRC, Wish all the best and unity of people live there.

    Jeeves Tuesday, 23 March 2021 07:03 PM

    If these countries were serious about human rights, what have they done about Iraq, Syria, Israel, Yemen?

    kumar Tuesday, 23 March 2021 07:04 PM

    Civilized world vs uncivilized world

    Rajiv ruparatne Tuesday, 23 March 2021 07:14 PM

    Thank you SIR.


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