Australia to co-sponsor resolution on Sri Lanka

Julie BishopAustralia has decided to co-sponsor the resolution supporting reconciliation, human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka tabled in the UN Human Rights Council on 24 September.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that Australia took note of the serious findings of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights investigation on Sri Lanka, particularly that war crimes and crimes against humanity may have been committed by both sides to Sri Lanka’s civil conflict.

She said Australia welcomes the Sri Lankan Government’s co-sponsorship of the resolution and its commitment to establish independent mechanisms for truth seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence.

“If effectively implemented, these mechanisms will provide Sri Lanka with a platform to achieve genuine reconciliation,” Julie Bishop said.

She says Australia remains committed to supporting a stable and prosperous Sri Lanka and stand ready to assist as Sri Lanka heals the wounds of the past and looks forward to a secure and prosperous future for all its citizens. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. What these countries fail to tell us is what they mean by ‘ reconciliation’ in the context of post war Sri Lanka.
    What prevents MS-Ranil government to release all those Tamil men and women languishing in prisons for so long without any sold charges? What prevents the government to give back all the lands back to the people and rehabilitate them? Just releasing reports and make statements don’t help these suffering people. UNHRC reports don’t help put food to their mouth, and prevent death from starvation and disease.

  2. Eev Prabaharan would have co-sponsored had he been alive. Everyone wants to tell SL how to think and what to do, as and when told.

  3. During Rajapaksa Government Australia was on Sri lanka side but now they go against Sirisena -Ranil joke government.

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