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Voting on US resolution on war crimes in Sri Lanka at UNHRC today


March 21,2013-Voting on the United States’ resolution on charges of war crimes by the Sri Lankan forces would take place at 10 am (local time; 2.30 pm Indian time) at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) on Thursday.

According to sources in New Delhi, India would look to force amendments to the American resolution against Sri Lanka saying the island nation has failed to fulfil its international obligations promised after the fall of the LTTE in 2009.

The US had adopted a similar resolution last year with India’s support which bound Sri Lanka to make rapid progress on reconciliation with the ethnic Tamils.


unhrc_sri_lanka_resolution_war_crimes_protestsSri Lankan forces had crushed LTTE in May 2009 after nearly three decades of brutal fighting. According to UN estimates, the conflict claimed around 1 lakh lives and both sides were accused of war crimes.

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris earlier said in Colombo that his country would reject the final draft of the resolution submitted at the UNHRC which seeks to discredit and single out the nation over alleged human rights violations.