UNHRC unanimously adopts resolution on Sri Lanka

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has unanimously adopted US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka on the report submitted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka.

The resolution follows up on the report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka and was co-sponsored by 25 countries besides the US and Sri Lanka.

It has called for the Office of Human Rights Commissioner to continue the monitoring of Sri Lanka’s progress in the implementation of its recommendations.

India has welcomed the consensus resolution saying that Sri Lanka has rejected extremist voices and is moving towards genuine reconciliation with the minority community.

Background

  • The report submitted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for promoting reconciliation between ethnic communities and accountability over war crimes.
  • It has identified patterns of grave human rights violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011. It also has strongly indicated that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides 3 decades long civil war.
  • The report has recommended the establishment of a hybrid special court, lawyers, integrating international judges, prosecutors and investigators as an essential step towards justice to victims.

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