UNHRC resolution sets stage for international jurisdiction of rights violations in SL

  • Rajapaksa administration faces humiliating defeat 
  • Resolution adopted by 22 votes for, 11 against, 14 abstentions 
  • India, Japan among key abstentions 
  • Amnesty International hails “landmark” resolution; says it signals shifting approach of international community
  • Despite hefty lobbying, Govt. secures lowest support ever to defeat UNHRC resolution 
  • Central database of evidence of rights violations in SL to cost $ 2.8 m
  • Mechanism to be operational within months 

The UN’s top human rights body has brought Sri Lanka one step closer to international prosecution of wartime abuses and human rights violations committed in the island by adopting a strong resolution at its 46th Session yesterday.  

Amnesty International called the UN Resolution “landmark”, saying it marked a crucial turning point on justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. 

The Government of Sri Lanka rejected the resolution out of hand and insisted its provisions could not be implemented without Colombo’s consent. 


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