Written by Staff Writer
04 Mar, 2014 | 8:30 pm
A draft resolution on Sri Lanka has been circulated at the 25th regular session of the UN human Rights Council in Geneva.The draft resolution was presented by the United States, the United Kingdom, Montenegro, Macedonia and Mauritius.
The draft resolution calls for an international inquiry, in the event that the Sri Lankan government fails to hold an independent and credible investigation into alleged human rights violations.
While welcoming and acknowledging the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding infrastructure, demining and resettling the majority of internally displaced persons, the draft resolution notes that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation, demilitarisation, and the resumption of livelihoods.
The draft resolution calls upon the Sri Lankan government to fulfill its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority, which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of its population.
While taking note of the constructive recommendations contained in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report, the draft resolution re-iterates that the national plan of action does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the commission, and encourages the government of Sri Lanka to broaden the scope of the plan to adequately address all elements of the commission’s report.
The draft resolution calls upon the Sri Lankan government, to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as applicable; to hold accountable those respo0nsible for such violations; to end continuing incidents of human rights violations and to implement the recommendations made in the report of the High Commissioner.
The draft resolution re-iterates the Human Rights Council’s call upon the Sri Lankan government to implement effectively the constructive recommendations of the LLRC.
The draft resolution also encourages the government of Sri Lanka to provide the Northern Provincial Council and its Chief Minister with the resources and authority necessary to govern as required by the 13th amendment of Sri Lanka’s constitution.
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