Resolution on Lanka before U.S House of Representatives

A resolution on Sri Lanka has been put before the U.S House of Representatives to be considered for discussion this week.

The resolution seeks support for internal rebuilding, resettlement, and reconciliation within Sri Lanka that are necessary to ensure a lasting peace.

However the schedule for this week at the U.S House of Representatives has listed the resolution on Sri Lanka among items that “may” be considered, in which case it may not be discussed and adopted this week.

The resolution notes that the government of Sri Lanka has made progress on rehabilitation, resettlement of displaced persons, and improvement of infrastructure in the north.

But it also notes that Sri Lanka also has a long history of establishing commissions but failing to act upon the recommendations of those commissions.

That resolution calls on the U.S House of Representatives to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to build on its establishment of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the Commission’s constructive recommendations on issues of paramount importance to Sri Lanka in a credible, transparent, and expeditious manner.

The resolution also seeks the support of the House to recognize that the LLRC report failed to adequately address issues of accountability for both the government and the LTTE for credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It also urges the Government of Sri Lanka, the international community, and the United Nations to establish an independent international accountability mechanism to look into reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations committed by both sides during and after the war in Sri Lanka.

The resolution also calls on the House of Representatives to make recommendations regarding accountability and encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to allow for greater media freedoms and humanitarian organizations, journalists, and international human rights groups greater access to the war-affected, including rehabilitated ex-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres, and those detained.

It also seeks an acknowledgement on the end of the war and calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to go through a process of demilitarization throughout the country and also calls on the parties in Sri Lanka to reach a political settlement on the meaningful devolution of power.