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  • OHCHR to appoint investigators, legal advisors  
  • Funds awaited for more staff and related work  
  • UN seeks over $2,856 million  
  • Sri Lanka may face long term repercussions 
  • Future dealings with over 40 cosponsors at risk 



By Easwaran Rutnam 


The resolution on Sri Lanka which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council will take immediate effect with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) beginning the process to closely monitor Sri Lanka, UN sources told Daily Mirror last night. 

Monitoring Sri Lanka will be carried out immediately with existing staff while other related work will be implemented once the UN General Assembly approves funding later this year. 

The resolution may not have an immediate impact on Sri Lanka but with over 40 cosponsors, sources said that in the long term there could be an impact on trade with some countries and travel restrictions imposed on some officials as a result of the resolution. 

The United States, EU and a number of other countries are among the cosponsors of the resolution, some with no voting rights in the UN Human Rights Council.  

The resolution has called on the Office of the High Commissioner to enhance its monitoring and reporting on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, including on progress in reconciliation and accountability. 

OHCHR has also been told to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its forty-eighth session, and 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. 

Meanwhile, the United Nations said it would require more funds to fully implement the resolution on Sri Lanka.  

OHCHR is looking to recruit 12 new employees to work on Sri Lanka. Among them are legal advisors with experience in international criminal justice and/or criminal investigations and prosecutions to coordinate the team and oversee an information and evidence collection strategy, analysts, two investigators/human rights officers and victim support officers. 

Director of Programme Planning and Budget Division at the UN, Johannes Huisman said that draft resolution A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev.1, would require an additional one-time requirement of $2,856,300.  

He said the funds required to implement the new resolution on Sri Lanka is not in the budget for the year 2021.  

In a letter to Goro Onojima, the Secretary of the Human Rights Council, Huisman said that the financial requirements, in accordance with established procedures, would be brought to the attention of the General Assembly at its 76th session.  

The resolution seeks OHCHR support for relevant judicial and other proceedings, including in Member States, with competent jurisdiction. 

The funds will be required for the process to collect, consolidate, analyse and preserve information and evidence and to develop possible strategies for future accountability processes for gross violations of human rights or serious violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka, advocate for victims and survivors, and support relevant judicial and other proceedings, including in Member States with competent jurisdiction.  

  Comments - 23

  • Lion Wednesday, 24 March 2021 07:50 AM

    Hope this will open the eyes of rulers who tries to behave in a manner of thugs.

    Chris Wednesday, 24 March 2021 07:57 AM

    A positive engagement and communication strategy rather than trying to run hide or scream like a scared animal is needed. As country all political parties should unite and convert this into an opportunity to get overseas funding to strengthen our systems including technology for law and order.

    ding ding dong ding ding Wednesday, 24 March 2021 07:59 AM

    10% people won against 75% people at UN level

    NightOwl Wednesday, 24 March 2021 09:29 AM

    this is a wrong assessment. The call for justice is not against majority by a minority.

    Citizen Wednesday, 24 March 2021 09:36 AM

    What are the avenues open for SL to totally reject the resolution?

    Jude Wednesday, 24 March 2021 09:42 AM

    Who gives a Rat's Azz what UN do !!

    Ranjith Wednesday, 24 March 2021 02:56 PM

    Good lesson for our politicians we need maturity political leadership to govern our country not set of jokers

    Idiot Boy Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:03 PM

    We can challenge in security council.

    Wise-Professor Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:16 PM

    Emotions may prevent people to stop and think. If they do, regardless of party colours, this ought to be regarded as an opportunity for every citizen in SL to come together. Work out a model that embraces respect and willingness to live amicably. No more superiority and inferiority. Won't be easy for racist, bigoted people. India's absenteeism is positive, for this approach of co-existence. As a nation we need to prosper as a whole. It will be a real shame if we miss and keep living like frogs in a well!!!!!!!!!

    lord pakeer Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:20 PM

    funds to be available from the co sponsors and who voted for the resolution!

    Bernard Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:21 PM

    This is a consequence of immature majority electing a bunch of half-breed politicians!

    Ranjith Liyanage Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:26 PM

    UN is run by the Europeans and USA. Rest of the poodles follow it. They should, first say sorry for the destruction they have caused to SriLanka since 1505 and the Native American

    BE FAIR Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:30 PM

    As a country we should learn, go forward. Not allow Powerful nations pow on us too much. We should set an example, I wish we will soon

    Senaka Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:31 PM

    We need someone to control these bunch of thugs.

    jayt Wednesday, 24 March 2021 05:10 PM

    One and only avenue is start building nuclear weapons within an agreement with a another country I have been telling this and I am 100 percent correct. British and jewsare the two main leading partners who are orchestrating conspiracy againstSri lanka.. British and Israelis will disappear with just two terrorists nuclear bombs explosion. As they set the world against us by smuggling and giving support to South Indian Tamil coolies, we have millions more rights to destroy not only western countries, but anybody who breeds Tamil gang race against Sri lanka

    Premalal Perera Wednesday, 24 March 2021 05:46 PM

    2.8 billion USD down politicians pockets. Gravy train full steam ahead.

    sara Wednesday, 24 March 2021 05:56 PM

    wow, wow, wow , UN looks like has some strength of backbone , nevertheless it is good for minority well-done

    John Wednesday, 24 March 2021 07:03 PM

    The UN Human Rights is against political thugs to safeguard the public. Remember that. The politicians will give you all a different narrative to fool you.

    Punchi Banda Thursday, 25 March 2021 07:33 AM

    In appreciation of Chinas support for Lanka by voting no at the UN and also in appreciation for its genocide of Uighurs I am told Lanka is providing experts for this, today I made a US$5 contribution at All patriotic Lankan’s must do the same

    Sambo Thursday, 25 March 2021 08:09 AM

    Where are the cardboard Sandos now.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 25 March 2021 10:12 AM

    Ranjith Liyanage - the destruction caused by Sinhalese to this country after obtaining independence is far more worse than that.

    MN Friday, 26 March 2021 05:34 AM

    Ms.Bachelat focused well on cremation of covid dead,but did she sufficiently concerned on,HR of Easter carnage and its possibility to repeat again

    First2dollarman Sunday, 28 March 2021 11:10 PM

    What’s happening in Myanmar is to happen in future in Sri Lanka. Wakeup before too late.

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