A member of a leading human rights group who has seen a copy of the draft resolution, told the Colombo Gazette the text reaffirms the commitments in the previous resolution, welcomes the Government’s engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner and Special Procedures while also recognising that further significant progress is still needed, and puts in place a process for continued reporting to the HRC.
The human rights member based in Geneva said that the draft text will be discussed on Tuesday where amendments will be proposed.
There have been reports Sri Lanka may attempt to dilute the clause on foreign judges mentioned in teh 2015 resolution on Sri Lanka, but the human rights activist said that it is very unlikely.
“There is no suggestion of rolling back the commitment to inclusion of foreign judges in a justice mechanism, and any attempt to do so would almost certainly not succeed, as it would require opening up all the terms of the previous resolution and risk substantially undermining Sri Lanka’s international credibility,” the activist said.
The final text of the follow-up resolution on Sri Lanka will be discussed by the UNHRC at the end of its ongoing session and a vote will be taken if required. (Colombo Gazette)
Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka
The Human Rights Council,
Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, (PP1 HRC/30/1)
Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant instruments, (PP2 HRC/30/1)
Reaffirming Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, (NEW)
Recalling Human Rights Council resolutions 19/2 of 22 March 2012, 22/1 of 21 March 2013, 25/1 of 27 March 2014, (PP3 HRC/30/1)
Reaffirming that it is the responsibility of each State to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population, (PP5 HRC/30/1)
Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, (PP4 HRC 30/1)
Welcoming the visits to Sri Lanka from 6 to9 February 2016 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and from 31 August to2 September2016 by the United Nations Secretary-General,(NEW)
Welcoming also the visit from 9 to 18 November 2015 by the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, the visit from 26 January to 2 February 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, the joint visit from 29 April to 9 May 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the visit from 10 to 20 October 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, (NEW)
Welcoming the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015,and recognizing in this context, the need for further significant progress,
- Takes Note with Appreciation the comprehensive report presented by the United Nations High Commissioner to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fourth session, as requested by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 30/1, and requests the Government of Sri Lanka to fully implement the measures identified in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 that are outstanding; (updated OP1 from HRC/30/1)
- Welcomes the positive engagement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the High Commissioner and the Office of the High Commissioner since October 2015, as well as the relevant special procedure mandate holders, and encourages the continuation of that engagement in the promotion and protection of human rightsand truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka; (updated OP2 from HRC/30/1)
- Requests the Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedure mandate holders, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, to strengthen their advice and technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka; (updated OP19 from HRC/30/1)
- Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session, and a comprehensive report followed by discussion on the implementation of resolution 30/1 at its fortieth session.(updated OP18 from HRC/30/1)