More countries support resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

More countries extended support to the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, strengthening Sri Lanka’s request for more time to address the issue on accountability over the war.

Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” the draft text of the resolution had, 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.

Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan and Norway have now extended support to the draft text. Sri Lanka is a co-sponsor of the resolution.  The follow-up draft resolution on Sri Lanka was submitted to the UNHRC before the deadline for submissions ended last week

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

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.” (Colombo Gazette)


  1. If the Draft Resolution by UK and USA and the others pass the Tamils who canvassed for the current regime will be sidelined by those Tamils who wanted Rajapaksa to be re-elected. Their rationale was that if Rajapaksa was reelected UK, USA and others would ensure prosecution of President Rajapaksa and others who were responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. UK and USA are making a mistake giving 2 year extension. UNHRC should insist that prosecution should begin before the end of 2017 if it wants the current regime to have a second term in office.

  2. Sri Lankans suffered for over 30+ years due to brutal Terrorist activities of the LTTE. The Sri Lankan tried to solve the problem negotiating with the Terrorists but was not successful. The Terrorists with foreign back up and funding strongly believed that they could win the war. Our security forces proved them wrong by completely erasing the brutal Terrorist outfit. When the Terrorists were engaged in mass murder and destruction, the UN was deaf, dumb and blind. The Jokers are now talking about human rights of Terrorists and accusing our security forces for war crimes. These Jokers should be ashamed of them selves and without harassing the only Nation in the entire Universe that completely ERASED Terrorism from the Country, should support them or at least mind their own business.

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