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UNHRC adopts US-sponsored resolution against Lanka

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Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council Thursday adopted a US-sponsored resolution on human rights violation in Sri Lanka with 25 countries, including India, voting in favour of the document in the 47-nation strong body.

While 13 countries, including Pakistan, voted against, eight member-states abstained from voting on the contentious resolution that saw political tremors in India with the DMK pulling out of the UPA alliance and the Government. Gabon, a member-country had voting rights issue.

The watered down resolution also saw India pushing for new elements through written amendments calling for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violation and other accountability measures to be accepted by Sri Lanka, according to sources.

During ‘Intervention in the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’, India’s permanent representative Dilip Sinha said, “We reiterate our call for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violations and loss of civilian lives”.

“We note with concern the inadequate progress by Sri Lanka in fulfilling its commitment to this Council in 2009.

Further, we call on Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and building upon it,” Sinha said.

However, sources said when India pushed for the written amendments, the sponsors of the resolution said the attempt was to make it “broadest-possible” and with tougher amendments, the purpose will be defeated.

PTI

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