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Video : Update : Anti Sri lankan resolution presented in Geneva session: Content revealed
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The resolution on Sri Lanka calling for an international independent and credible investigation into alleged humanitarian and human rights law violations has been reportedly tabled at the 25th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Draft Resolution "Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka" has been submitted by the United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Mauritius at today's session.

It requested the Office of the High Commissioner to assess progress toward accountability and reconciliation, monitor relevant national processes and to investigate alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka.

The Resolution welcomes and acknowledges the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding, infrastructure, demining and resettling the majority of internally displaced persons.

However, the resolution notes that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation, demilitarization, and the resumption of livelihoods, and stressing the importance of the full participation of local populations, including representatives of civil society and minorities in the efforts.

The resolution welcomed the successful holding of Provincial Council elections in September last year and praised the high voter turnout.

It appreciated the Sri Lankan government for facilitating the visit of High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to the island in August 2013.

It urged the government to investigate all attacks, by individuals and groups on all religious places of worship, hold the perpetrators responsible and prevent future such attacks.

The HRC called upon the government to release the results of the investigations into alleged violations by security forces including the attack on residents of Weliweriya on August 01, 2013.

The resolution reiterated that the national plan of action established to implement recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission does not adequately address all of the findings and recommendations of the LLRC asked the government to broaden the scope of the plan.

Indian Media reported today that the Indian Government is undecided yet over the Anti Sri Lankan resolution to be presented by the U.S. before the UN Human Rights Commission sessions.

Quoting top government sources, the media stated that the officials wanted more time to study the proposal in depth before a decision is taken.

Meanwhile on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC summit currently being held in Myanmar, Indian Premier Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are expected to discuss over the Anti Sri Lankan resolution today.

However the President told foreign journalists that he has some understanding about the matters which would have an impact on the Indian stand with regard to the Geneva resolution.



Update : Tuesday, 04 March 2014 - 12:57
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Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the UNHRC

The resolution on Sri Lanka calling for an international independent and credible investigation into alleged humanitarian and human rights law violations has been reportedly tabled at the 25th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Draft Resolution "Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka" has been submitted by the United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Mauritius at today's session.
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