Mar 21, Geneva: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday adopted the resolution sponsored by the United States with 25 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions.
Adopting the resolution, the 47-member UNHRC reiterated its call made in the resolution adopted last year for Sri Lanka to effectively implement the constructive recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to take all necessary measures to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans.
Tabling the resolution Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka which is a follow up of last year's resolution 19/2, the United States said Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability and address the growing concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation.
The resolution welcomed and acknowledged important progress that has been made in certain areas in Sri Lanka, but also recognized that much has to be done.
The U.S. said it stands ready to assist Sri Lanka with this "vital work".
India along with 24 other countries voted for the resolution while Japan and Malaysia abstained from voting. Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela voted against the resolution.
Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, and Kenya also abstained from voting.
The resolution adopted today welcomed the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on advice and technical assistance for the Sri Lankan government on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka and its recommendations and conclusions, in particular on the establishment of a truth-seeking mechanism as an integral part of a more comprehensive and inclusive approach to transitional justice.
The resolution called for the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with special procedures mandate holders and to respond formally to their outstanding requests, including by extending invitations and providing access.
It encourages the OHCHR and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the measures recommended.
The resolution also requests the OHCHR, with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its 24th session, and a comprehensive report followed by a discussion on the implementation of the present resolution at its 25th session.
Full text of the resolution HRC 22/1