March 21, 2013 2:11:32 pm
The UN Human Rights Council today adopted a US-sponsored resolution on human rights violation in Sri Lanka with 25 countries,including India,voting in favour of the document in the 47-nation strong body.
While 13 countries,including Pakistan,voted against,eight member-states abstained from voting on the contentious resolution that saw political tremors in India with DMK pulling out of the UPA alliance and the government. Gabon,a member-country had voting rights issue.
The watered down resolution also saw India pushing for new elements through written amendments calling for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violation and other accountability measures to be accepted by Sri Lanka,according to sources.
During ‘Intervention in the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’,India’s permanent Representative Dilip Sinha said,”We reiterate our call for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violations and loss of civilian lives”.
“We note with concern the inadequate progress by Sri Lanka in fulfilling its commitment to this Council in 2009. Further,we call on Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments,including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and building upon it,” Sinha said.
However,sources said when India pushed for the written amendments,the sponsors of the resolution said the attempt was to make it “broadest-possible” and with tougher amendments,the purpose will be defeated.
India supported ‘weak’,’diluted’ US resolution: DMK
Expressing ‘surprise’ over India supporting a ‘weak’ and ‘diluted’ US resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC,former UPA ally DMK today said New Delhi had by its action “totally disappointed” the entire Tamil diaspora.
DMK Parliamentary Party Leader TR Baalu said that they had wanted India to propose amendments in order to declare that Sri Lanka had committed “genocide,human rights violations and war crimes”.
“We (also) wanted to have amendments for independent,credible,international inquiry into war crimes and human rights violations committed by Sri Lanka. But to our surprise,government of India has simply supported a diluted and a weak resolution,” he said.
India had not even tried to propose any amendments to the US-backed resolution which was adopted by 25-13 margin with eight abstentions,he said.
“Government of India has totally disappointed not only the eight crore tamil population but the entire Tamil diaspora,” Baalu added.
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