UNHRC adopts resolution against #SriLanka

UNHRC adopts resolution against SriLanka. 22 countries voted in favor, 11 against and 14 abstained.

Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Pakistan and Philippines among the countries that voted against the resolution.
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.
It further calls for an oral update to be presented 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.
India abstains
India has informed the United Nations Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka must call for immediate elections to activate Provincial Councils, and should also implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
India made the statement, after the vote on the resolution against Sri Lanka was adopted at the 46th session of the UNHRC today, with 22 countries voting in favour and 11 voting against.
Delivering the statement, India said it believes in the primary responsibility of States for the promotion and protection of human rights and constructive international dialogue and cooperation guided by the principles and purposes of the UN Charter in support of such efforts.
“As an immediate neighbour, India has contributed to the relief, resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction process in Sri Lanka after 2009. Our development assistance has focused on the restoration of livelihoods and economic revival, especially in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces,” India further said.
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