UN resolution on Sri Lanka adopted unanimously


Oct 02, 2015 (LBO) – The UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted unanimously with it calling for a judicial process including foreign judges, to investigate alleged war crimes during the islands 30 year conflict.

The resolution debated among the 47 member states over two days was adopted by consensus and did not need a vote while it also enjoyed the support of 25 more additional co-sponsors.

The resolution while welcoming the government’s recognition an accountability process to uphold the rule of law, affirms the importance of having independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by personnel known for integrity and impartiality and has further noted 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’

The UN report pertaining to the resolution says many atrocities took place against civilians in the war which ended in 2009 and said that tens of thousands may have been killed in the final stages of the conflict.