05 Mar 2014

US Resolution Falls Short Of International Inquiry


The first draft of the third US resolution presented to the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council falls short of an international investigation into war crimes allegations during the final phase of war in Sri Lanka.

 

The leaked draft of the resolution which was circulated among the member nations of the UNHRC last night said it calls upon the government of Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law and to implement the recommendations made in the reports of the Office of the High Commissioner.

The resolution calls for an investigation into alleged abuses by both parties to the conflict to be led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Navi Pillay.

The resolution titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka” has been submitted to the UNHRC by the United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, and Mauritius

 It entrusted the Office of the High Commissioner with the task of assessing  progress toward accountability and reconciliation, monitoring  relevant national processes and investigating alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka.

 The Resolution HRC 25/1 welcomes and acknowledges the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding, infrastructure, demining and resettling the majority of internally displaced persons.

The first draft will undergo several amendments before it will be taken for vote towards the end of the Un Human rights Council session. 

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