China, Russia, Cuba back Sri Lanka

China, Russia and Cuba have slammed the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka last week.
China said that it rejected any attempt to name and shame countries and to exert pressure in this way on States, and pointed out that the resolution on Sri Lanka was a product of politicization.
Russia reiterated that it was counterproductive to adopt politicized country resolutions, which discredited the work of the Human Rights Council and undermined an authentic dialogue in the area of human rights.
The Russian government said it did not support the country-specific resolutions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Syria and Sri Lanka.
Cuba reiterated its opposition to country resolutions like those adopted on Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea saying those initiatives did not enjoy true cooperation and were led by solely political motives and might be used to promote and justify military interventions.
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions.
The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, in presenting the resolution to the Council, said that there were 41 co-sponsors to the resolution.
The resolution had 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.
The resolution welcomes the announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka to hold elections to the Provincial Council in the Northern Province in September 2013.
It also welcomes and acknowledes the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding infrastructure, demining, resettling the majority of internally displaced persons, and noting nonetheless that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation and resumption of livelihoods, and stressing the importance of the full participation of local populations, including representatives of civil society and minorities, in these efforts. (Colombo Gazette)