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* Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the UNHRC
Tue, Mar 4, 2014, 12:26 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 03, Colombo: The resolution on Sri Lanka calling for an international independent and credible investigation into alleged humanitarian nd human rights law violations has been tabled at the 25th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday.

The Draft Resolution HRC25/1 "Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka" has been submitted by the United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, and Mauritius at today's session.

The resolution welcomed the High Commissioner's recommendations and conclusions on the need for an independent and credible international investigation in the absence of a credible national process with tangible results.

It requested the Office of the High Commissioner to assess progress toward accountability and reconciliation, monitor relevant national processes and to investigate 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.

However, the resolution notes that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation, demilitarization, and the resumption of livelihoods, and stressing the importance of the full participation of local populations, including representatives of civil society and minorities in the efforts.

The resolution welcomed the successful holding of Provincial Council elections in September last year and praised the high voter turnout but expressed concern over the reports of election related violence as well as voter and candidate intimidation.

It appreciated the Sri Lankan government for facilitating the visit of High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to the island in August 2013 but expressed deep concern over the reported intimidation and retaliation against civil society members, including those who met with the High commissioner during her visit.

The resolution expressed alarm at the rapid rise in violence and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, particularly against members of religious minority groups.

It called upon the government to fulfill its public commitments, including the devolution of political authority which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of population.

The resolution reiterated that the national plan of action established to implement recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) does not adequately address all of the findings and recommendations of the LLRC asked the government to broaden the scope of the plan.

It urged the government to investigate all attacks, by individuals and groups on all religious places of worship, hold the perpetrators responsible and prevent future such attacks.

The HRC 25/1 called upon the government to release the results of the investigations into alleged violations by security forces including the attack on residents of Weliweriya on August 01, 2013.

The resolution encouraged the government to provide the Northern provincial Council and the Chief Minister with the resources and authority necessary to govern as required by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

It called upon the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner concerning the implementation of the resolution.

The full text of the HRC 25/1 Draft Resolution

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