India explains abstention on Sri Lanka UN HR council vote

Mar 27, 2013 (LBO) – India abstained on voting on a resolution on Sri Lanka’s human rights which called for a external probe. The full statement is reproduced below:-

India’s Explanation of Vote on Resolution œPromoting Reconciliation, Accountability, and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1)

Mr. President,

1. The UN Human Rights Council has adopted three resolutions on Sri Lanka since May 2009 when the three decades old conflict in that country ended. India has always been of the view that the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka provided a unique opportunity to pursue a lasting political settlement, acceptable to all communities in Sri Lanka, including the Tamils.

2. India believes that this Council’s efforts should contribute to a State’s own efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights. We are strongly supportive of Sri Lanka’s continued engagement with the OHCHR. We encourage the High Commissioner to continue to provide technical assistance in accordance with the relevant HRC resolutions. We are also supportive of close engagement of UN Special Procedures with the Government o