Mar 28, Colombo: The United States Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez applauded the adoption of the U.S.-led UN resolution on Sri Lanka yesterday at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
"I applaud today's passage of the U.S. co-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council which called for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka," the Democratic senator from New Jersey said in a statement.
He said the "Accountability is long overdue in Sri Lanka," and expressed hope that an independent UN investigation will be able to "pursue justice, accountability and reconciliation for the grave human rights violations allegedly committed by both sides during Sri Lanka's civil war."
Senator Menendez said earlier this month he sent a letter to Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressing his support for the resolution and raising concerns about the shrinking space for civil society in Sri Lanka.
"I remain very concerned about the deterioration of the environment for journalists, human rights defenders and religious minorities in Sri Lanka and call upon the government to take steps to also address these pressing issues," the senator said.
The resolution calling for a comprehensive international independent investigation by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to probe human rights violations by the both sides of the war in Sri Lanka during the last seven years of the armed conflict was adopted at the UNHRC Thursday with a majority of 11 votes.