India abstains: Pakistan votes against UNHRC Resolution on SL

India abstains: Pakistan votes against UNHRC Resolution on SL

Written by Bella Dalima

27 Mar, 2014 | 9:16 pm

The resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, sponsored by five nations including the US, was adopted  Thursday evening.

Twenty three (23) member nations of the UNHRC voted for the resolution while twelve (12) voted against. Twelve (12) member nations abstained.

Meanwhile, putting forward a point of order during the debate on Thursday, Pakistan pointed out that a sum of over 1.4 million US dollars had been estimated as the expense that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights would have to bear, to continue monitoring the human rights situation and to undertake a comprehensive investigation into allegations of human rights violations.

The Pakistani representative moved a No Action Motion on the resolution seeking the postponement of the debate.

It was also proposed that the resolution be amended through the striking of Operative Clause 10, which calls for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

Both motions were defeated through a vote. The vote on the resolution was then taken up with twenty three (23) nations voting for, twelve (12) voting against and twelve (12) abstentions.

Notably, India, which supported the UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013, abstained from voting.



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