Demo outside US Embassy

A demonstration was held outside the US Embassy in Colombo today against the US sponsored resolution scheduled to be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.

The demonstrators raised objections to the resolution and demanded that the US government stay out of Sri Lankan affairs.

A massive traffic congestion was seen opposite the Embassy premises as the protesters held placards on the Galle road.

The United States had this week tabled the final version of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

The resolution tabled by US Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe,  has as the co-sponsors Austria, Canada, Croatia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.

In a toned down document as compared to the previous drafts, the resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral updateto the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fourth session, and a comprehensive report followed by a discussion at the twenty-fifth session, on the implementation of the present resolution. (Colombo Gazette)