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Video : Update : Gave a message to Sri Lanka - a statement from US.
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Many countries including Russia and China oppose request for international probe.

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris yesterday said the outcome of the vote on the U.S sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Commission reflects that more countries are against the U.S at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday passed the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka with 23 countries in favour and 12 against with 12 abstentions.

This brought the voting tally to 23 for, and 24 against the resolution.

Pakistan, Cuba, China and Russia, strong allies of the country voted against the resolution.

India abstained from voting for the resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council for the first time citing that the resolution is against the principles of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka received a strong support from Russia as well at the Human Rights Commission session.

The Russian representative pointed out that Sri Lanka had been unfairly targeted through the resolution.

Cuba too offered massive support to Sri Lanka at the US resolution.

Participating in the debate on behalf of Sri Lanka,  Sri Lanka’s permanent Representative in Geneva Ravinaatha Aariyasingha briefed the Human Rights Commission about the background and political aims of the powerful countries that put forward the resolution.

Following the adoption of the resolution US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the resolution was forwarded to ensure peace, prosperity and accountability, and said that it gave a clear message to Sri Lanka.


UPDATE: Friday, 28 March 2014 - 7:59 am
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US backed Anti Sri Lankan resolution adopted

The US backed Anti Sri Lankan resolution was adopted at the UNHRC in Geneva a short while ago with 23 countries voting for, 12 voting against and another 12 countries refraining from voting including India.

Algeria, China, Congo, Cuba, Kenya, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Venezuela and Vietnam vote against the resolution.

Argentina, Austria, Benin, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ivory coast, Czech Rebuild, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, South Korea, Romania, Seire leone, Macedonia, UK and US voted for the resolution.

Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gabon, Indonesia, Japan , Kuwait, Morocco, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa and India abstained from voting.

The debate backed by 41 countries led by America was commenced at 5pm Sri Lanka time today.

While commenting on the resolution, the Indian representative said that India would abstain from using its vote.

Participating in the debate, the United States, and Italy representing the European Union expressed its views in favour of the Anti Sri Lankan resolution while Pakistan and Cuba talked against the resolution.

During the debate Pakistan supported by China asked to drop the clause No.10 which demanded an international investigation on Sri Lanka and asked a separate vote for the proposal.

However Sri Lankan permanent representative Ravinath Ariyasinghe requested the Human rights Council members to reject the resolution against Sri Lanka.



UPDATE: Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 07:00
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UNHRC to vote on Sri Lanka resolution today

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva will vote on the resolution on Sri Lanka today when the Council meets this morning.

The 47-member Council will vote on the resolution HRC25 "Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" tabled by the United States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mauritius.

Sri Lanka’s permanent representative in Geneva Ravinath Ariyasinghe is scheduled to present an explanation against the Anti Sri Lankan resolution that has already been submitted to the UN Human Rights Council sessions.

UN Human Rights Council High Commissioner Navi Pillay, presenting her report to the 25th UNHRC sessions yesterday said that an international investigation on Sri Lanka is warranted and possible.

Later the Sri Lankan representative, during the turn of reply, categorically rejected the UNHRC Commissioner Navi Pillay’s report and Sri Lanka’s permanent representative Ravinath Ariyasinghe expects today to present a show cause to Navi Pillay’s report.    

Several countries including Russia and China criticised the report compiled by UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, during the interactive dialogue held at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva yesterday while countries including the US, UK and France commended the document.

Sri Lanka received strong backing from Russia, China, Cuba, Pakistan, Venezuela, Belarus and Zimbabwe, which criticised the report submitted by Pillay based on her fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka last August, as ‘imbalanced’ and one that ‘exceeded the mandate granted by resolution 22/1’.

Exercising the right to reply on statements made regarding the arrest and detention of Balendran Jeyakumari, and the incidents in Killinochchi last week, Sri Lanka asked the member states at the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council yesterday how their respective countries would react if there was a credible threat of re-grouping terror networks and if they would remain passive bystanders or take proactive action to ensure terror networks were kept at bay.

Detailing the circumstances which led to the arrest of Ms. Jeyakumari, Sri Lanka, said the performance of this investigative action “should not be portrayed as selective, singling out of these individuals” and deplored attempts on the part of “interested parties to stigmatise the action of law enforcement authorities as an infringement when they were merely carrying out duties for purposes of national security”.

While appealing to the member states not to impede Sri Lanka’s quest to ensure that no resurgence of terrorism takes place in the country by misinformation and the wrongful portrayal and misrepresentation of facts, Sri Lanka reiterated that it would continue to maintain vigilance in the face of credible evidence on the resurgence of terrorist activities by the LTTE and would not be deterred in its bid to safeguard its citizens from the scourge of terrorism.

Update : Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 1:23
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UNHRC debate today as well; UK and India begin the battle against Sri lanka

The UN Human Rights Commissioners report on Sri Lanka was presented to the 25th session of the council yesterday.

Several countries engaged in the debate with some voicing support for Sri Lanka and some endorsing the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Indian Congress Party has declared that it stood for a credible and time-framed investigation about Sri Lanka.

Indian media said that the clause to this effect had been incorporated in the manifesto the Congress Party had prepared for the upcoming election.

India is considered to have included this policy in its election manifesto particularly in the hope winning Tamil Nadu votes.

Similarly foreign analysts point out that through this India’s stance at the UNHRC session this time becomes clear.

Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Hugo Sweyor  said in the British parliament yesterday that the time had come to hold an international investigation about Sri Lanka.

He said so at the debate at the British parliament yesterday under the topic “The status of the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka”.

Hugo Sweyor said that Britain would take action towards this at the UNHRC .

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 8:06
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UN High Commissioner Pillai's report on SL presented

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay reiterated today that an international investigation should be held on Sri Lanka.

Navi Pillay presented her report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights sessions to be debate this afternoon.

Later Sri Lanka’s permanent representative in Geneva Ravinatha Ariyasinghe presented his report to the UN sessions.

He said that Sri Lanka categorically rejects the UN High Commissioner’s report that was presented today to the UN sessions.



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