Feb 24, Colombo: The Core Group on Sri Lanka consisting of United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro, and North Macedonia has tabled the draft resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
Resolution A_HRC_46_L.1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ was tabled on Monday.
The resolution tabled by the Core Group on Sri Lanka expresses serious concern over emerging trends over the past year, which represent clear early warning signs of a deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
The resolution expresses further concern that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on freedom of religion or belief and exacerbated the prevailing marginalization and discrimination suffered by the Muslim community.
Sri Lankan government’s decision to mandate cremations for all those deceased from COVID-19 has prevented Muslims and members of other religions from practicing their own burial religious rites, and has disproportionately affected religious minorities and exacerbated distress and tensions, the resolution noted.
Resolution HRC 46/1 among other things called upon the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure the prompt, thorough and impartial investigation and, if warranted, prosecution of all allegations of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law including for longstanding emblematic case.
Full text of the Resolution A_HRC_46_L.1