Several countries, including Pakistan, India, Brazil, Indonesia, China, Cuba and Republic of Korea praised Sri Lanka’s efforts for truth and reconciliation, as well as Sri Lanka’s cooperation with the United Nations, during the vote held at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva yesterday (27).
Republic of Korea, speaking in an explanation of the vote after the vote, said that Sri Lanka had made important efforts, on reconstruction and resettlement, which had to be appreciated.
Brazil, speaking in an explanation of the vote after the vote, acknowledged progress achieved by Sri Lanka, and recognized the enormous challenges countries faced after an armed conflict. Brazil appreciated the willingness of Sri Lanka to engage with the United Nations human rights system.
China said that Sri Lanka had made significant progress in the promotion and protection of human rights and the promotion of stability and this deserved recognition and acknowledgement by the international community. People had the right to choose their own path to development.
Indonesia, in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that reconciliation had to be undertaken openly and constructively. Indonesia welcomed Sri Lanka’s efforts and cooperation with United Nations human rights mechanisms.
Cuba said no satisfactory response had been received indicating that resources were available for the implementation of the resolution, and there was no doubt that this would require significant funding, millions in fact.
Pakistan, in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said Sri Lanka had a long tradition of democracy, and had succeeded in putting an end to terrorism. Interference to the internal affairs of Sri Lanka was intolerable and in contradiction with the Charter of the United Nations. An international investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner was a clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, and had unfortunate budget implications. If this investigation should be funded by the countries supporting this resolution, this would be a serious breach to its impartiality. Furthermore, the time period covered by this investigation was unclear and biased against Sri Lanka as it would not include abuses perpetrated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam prior to 2002. Pakistan called for a vote for the deletion of operative paragraph 10 of this resolution.
India, in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka had provided an opportunity for peace and security. India was supportive of Sri Lanka’s efforts for truth and reconciliation, as well as Sri Lanka’s cooperation with the United Nations. Sri Lanka had made significant progress in the field of reconstruction and resettlement. India and Sri Lanka had a long cooperation history. In asking the Office of the High Commissioner to investigate, the resolution ignored progress already achieved in this field. Sri Lanka should be provided all the cooperation it deserved. Any external mechanism would not reflect the spirit of dialogue and cooperation of the Human Rights Council.