US submits resolution on Sri Lanka to UNHRC

The United States submitted a resolution on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today despite pressure mounted against the move by the Sri Lankan government.

The draft resolution submitted to the 19th session of the council notes with concern that the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law during the war in Sri Lanka.

The resolution calls on the government to implement the constructive recommendations in the LLRC report and take all necessary additional steps to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equality, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans.

It also requests the government to present a comprehensive action plan as expeditiously as possible, detailing the steps the government has taken and will take to implement the LLRC recommendations and also to address the violations of international law.

The draft US resolution on Sri Lanka submitted today also encourages the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures to provide, and the government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing those steps and requests the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report to the Council on the provision of such assistance at its 22nd session.


The full draft resolution submitted by the US today: