Information is being revealed regarding the draft resolution against Sri Lanka that was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva by the United States yesterday.
The resolution begins by acknowledging that the draft is guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Human rights and other relevant instruments.
The draft also reaffirms that states must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law as applicable.
While the US resolution does welcome the constructive recommendations made by the LLRC in its report it also notes with concern that the report does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international humanitarian law.
It requests the government of Sri Lanka to take all necessary additional steps to fulfil its "relevant obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans."
It further requests the government to present a comprehensive action plan as "expeditiously as possible" detailing the steps the government has taken and will take to implement the LLRC recommendations.
The draft encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures to provide, and the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing those steps and requests the OHCHR to present a report to the Council on the provision of such assistance at its twenty-second session.