Draft resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to UNHRC

The followup draft resolution on Sri Lanka was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today.

Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” the draft text has, as its main sponsors, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

The resolution calls on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 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.

The resolution also “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.”

The deadline for submission of draft resolutions for the ongoing 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council is Thursday 16 March and the deadline for amendments after submission is March 21.

It also 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. (Colombo Gazette)

 

Full text of draft resolution:

A/HRC/34/L.1
Item 2
Received from (main sponsors): Montenegro,the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America
Date and time: 13/03/2017, 10:20
Initials: MR

Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

Item 2

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 to 9 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 bythe 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,

1. 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)

2. 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)

3. 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)

4. 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)

3 COMMENTS

  1. The world has come a long way in upholding human rights individually and collectively. No country can violate human rights, commit war crimes, crimes against humanity with impunity. Sri Lanka must ensure that the state is for all the citizens of the country, not only to the majority Sinhalese citizens. Democracy is by consent, and unless this consent is forthcoming ethnic peace will remain elusive.

  2. Good governance is defined by the UN and other experts, as accouuntability, transparency, rule of law, efficiency and participation.

    This definition, when applied to problems and issues in SL will bear fruiits of good governance such as;

    a) Truth and honesty will rise up when accountabilty and transparency are practiced.
    b) Justice, dignity, equality and peace in the practice of the rule of law and efficiency and
    c) Puttting more thoughts and ideas together when there is particpation by all..

    The present GSL, though bettter than the past rotten and racist governments, has not started bearing enough fruits on Tamil political issues and day to day problems. There are only empty promisees as it was in the past 65 years,

    It is beacause they are either unable or unwilling to address Tamil issues and problems.

    The politicians in SL fiddle when darkness falls.

    The best solution will be to accept the UN as the arbitrator, to which, TGTE and other legal experts have approached.

    The legal experts from all sides of SL, should study this submission by TGTE and express ttheir views, remembering that whatever the outcome of the submission be, let us plan for peace, stabilty and protection of all of us, a unique and lovely people in our blesased and beautiful island.

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