American resolution against Sri Lanka tabled in Geneva

Saturday, 09 March 2013 - 13:58


The United States has formally submitted the draft resolution on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva.


The resolution was submitted this afternoon, Geneva time, after the document was initially circulated among Council members yesterday.


The draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ is still open for amendments before it is discussed at the Council and debated on.


The resolution notes the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


It also expresses concern at the continuing reports alleged of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka, including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as intimidation and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists, and threats to judicial independence and the rule of law.