The Sri Lankan government says the outcome of the vote on the US sponsored resolution yesterday showed that the UN Human Rights Council was divided on the Sri Lankan issue.
Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the countries who had voted for Sri Lanka were conscious about the progress that Sri Lanka has made over the years.
The government said that with 13 countries opposing the resolution, 8 countries abstaining, and one country absenting itself, 22 out of a total of 47 members of the Human Rights Council, refused to support the U.S. sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka.
“By this vote, it becomes evident that the Council is divided over the issue of Sri Lanka. The countries who have voted for Sri Lanka were conscious about the progress that Sri Lanka has made over the years and has expressed its serious opposition to this highly selective and arbitrary process, which contravenes the founding principles of the Human Rights Council. They also voiced that the resolution 19/2 is ill conceived and unwarranted,” the Minister said.
India was among the countries that voted in favor of the US resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) while Japan, a close ally of Sri Lanka, abstained from voting.
Libya, which was also a close ally of Sri Lanka at one time under the Gaddafi regime, voted in support of the US resolution.
The other countries that backed the resolution are Argentina, Austria, Benin, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cote d’ivoire, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Moldova, Romania, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland and USA.
The countries that voted against the resolution are Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, Uganda, UAE and Venezuela.
The countries that abstained from voting are Japan, Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kenya and Malaysia. Only UNHRC member countries with voting rights could take part in the vote. (Colombo Gazette)