US draft resolution supporting Sri lanka tabled at UNHRC


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A draft resolution titled 'promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" was tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council session last night.

The resolution, tabled by the US, the UK, Macedonia and Montenegro, called for a "credible justice process" with Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the proposed Special Counsel's office, Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators.

The draft resolution, "Welcomes the government's recognition that accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and build confidence in the people of all communities of Sri Lanka in the justice system, takes note with appreciation of the Government of Sri Lanka's proposal 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; and affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for integrity and impartiality; and further 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,"

Welcoming the positive engagement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office since January 2015 the resolution encourages the government to continue such engagement in the promotion and protection of human rights and in exploring appropriate forms of international support to and participation in Sri Lankan processes for seeking truth and justice.

 

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