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Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 18:53
American proposal adopted - India votes against Sri Lanka



The UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka has been officially adopted by the council, with 25 members voting for the motion, and 13 voting against it.

There are eight abstentions. The numbers are almost unchanged from that of last year.

Congo, Indonesia, Kuwait, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, UAE, Ecuador and Venezuela voted against the resolution.

India, Republic of Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the US are some of the countries voted in favour of the resolution.

Japan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Kazakhstan and Malayshia abstained from voting.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe stated at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC is clearly unacceptable as it is intrusive, bears misinterpretations and is dismissive of the positive.

He also warned the council that it may suffer the same fate as the UN Human Rights Commission if this trend continues.

Minister Samarasinghe highlighted that the tone of the document on Sri Lanka was overwhelmingly pessimistic while the paragraph dealing with the progress that Sri Lanka has made thus far ignores areas of clear progress.

He once again stated that the UN report on Sri Lanka exceeded the mandate set by the council while highlighting that there was no consultation by the Sri Lanka government as to the content of the report.

The Minister claimed that the government has confidence in its domestic processes and mechanisms.

He stated that the draft resolution could establish a bad precedent in the annals of the council while those genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of the people of Sri Lanka should encourage the reconciliation process.

Pakistan addressing the session stated that they are satisfied with the post war development in Sri Lanka and they vote against the resolution.

India while voting for the resolution on Sri Lanka called for an "independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at UNHRC the European Union stated its member states fully support the draft resolution on Sri Lanka presented by the United States.

Montenegro’s delegation meanwhile expressed the following sentiments.

Expressing their views regarding the resolution this is what Indonesia’s delegate had to say.

Also against the resolution was Thailand.

Meanwhile Japan stated that they would abstain from voting regarding the resolution.

Head of the Sri Lankan delegation Minister Mahinda Samarasgnhe meanwhile called upon the member states of the council to safeguard the paramount principles of the council and added that while today it is Sri Lanka tomorrow it could be another country that does not adhere to the agendas of the countries whose agendas are not concerned with human rights issues.

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