The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva passed a strong resolution against the human rights record of Sri Lanka, which is a setback for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa (AFP)
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Sunday that local and foreign forces were behind the recently passed resolution at the UNHRC against his country. However, he said that his government would not bow down to such pressures. Explain that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday passed a resolution against the human rights record of Sri Lanka.
The resolution has ordered the United Nations body to collect evidence against the crimes committed during the country’s three-decade-long civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Addressing a gathering in the southern Matara rural district on Sunday, Rajapaksa said that we will never bow down to pressures like the UNHRC proposal, we are an independent nation.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa got a shock
He said that we will not be a victim of big power rivalry in the Indian Ocean. The President said that behind the UNHRC proposal there are ‘foreign and local forces’ who cannot see their government progressing.
A few days ago, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva passed a strong resolution against Sri Lanka’s human rights record, a setback for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who won international support before voting on the resolution. Much effort was made for This resolution authorizes the United Nations body to collect evidence in relation to the crimes committed by the country in the civil war against the LTTE.
India did not participate in voting
The UNHRC passed a resolution titled ‘Promotion of Reconciliation Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’. During the 46th session of the UNHRC, 22 out of 47 members voted in favor of the motion while eleven members voted against it.
India and Japan were among the 14 countries which did not participate in the voting. 11 countries including Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and Russia voted against the proposal. Sri Lankan Ambassador MCA Chandraprama described the draft proposal as ‘undesirable, inappropriate and a violation of the relevant articles of the United Nations Charter’.
Gained support by calling Muslim leaders
He rejected the proposal as ‘divisive’. He said that this would polarize Sri Lankan society and adversely affect economic development, peace and harmony. The resolution was passed despite the President Rajapaksa government attempting international support. Before voting on the proposal, Gotbaiah and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had called many Muslim leaders of the world.
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