India to back Sri Lanka at UNHRC (Audio updated)

India will back Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, Minister in charge of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said today.

“India has said they will give us their full support. I can say with responsibility that India is behind us 100 percent,” the Minister said. (Play audio below)

Samarasinghe said that apart from India even Thailand and Malaysia will also back Sri Lanka at the ongoing session.

The US is expected to put forward a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

Several European Union (EU) countries will back the resolution on Sri Lanka when the vote is taken later next month if the resolution is submitted.

Samarasinghe said that following his statement to the council he had meetings with top officials from Thailand and Malaysia, both who had said that following the direct intervention of President Rajapaksa, their governments had decided to back Sri Lanka.

The resolution on Sri Lanka, if it is to be submitted to the council, will be done by the third week of March, Samarasinghe said.


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