The US-backed resolution on Sri Lanka adopted without a vote by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.
The draft resolution – L29 is entitled ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka together with Albania, Australia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland and Romania.
The operative paragraph of the resolution sets the stage for foreign experts without prescribing international involvement.
“Welcomes the recognition by the Government of Sri Lanka that accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and to build confidence in the people of all communities of Sri Lanka in the justice system, notes with appreciation the proposal of the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as applicable; affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for their integrity and impartiality; and also affirms in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the special counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorized prosecutors and investigators.”
“We have witnessed important changes in Sri Lanka since January, which have made today’s consultative resolution possible”, the United States said today at the UNHRC. Presenting the resolution on Sri Lanka he added that the goal of this resolution is to help Sri Lanka undertake a difficult but essential journey.
The full text of the resolution is as follows: