Posted on 02.27.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The government is attempting to withdraw the sponsorship on US backed resolution made in 2015, at the Geneva based United Nations Human Rights Council, the political sources revealed.
The 40th session of the UNHRC commenced on the 25th February in Geneva, and will continue until March 22.
The Government of Sri Lanka proposed the co-sponsorship for the US backed resolution on Sri Lankan Government in the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015. In 2017, the government requested another two years to complete the requirement of the same proposal. However, the government has so far failed to fulfill these requirements. In such a situation, the government is now attempting to withdraw their co-sponsorship from US backed resolution made in 2015.
The completion of this task will wants the the government to address accountability issues, including alleged violations of human rights during the final phase of the military operations to defeat LTTE. The council wants Sri Lanka to set up a war crimes tribunal with international participation.
However SriLanka has only an office of the disappeared in operation at the moment. It is also only for collection of information.
Meanwhile, the President says not to prosecute the military officers and that there were no war crime. Also, no leader has agreed to the currently alleged incidents of war crimes in the country.
It is doubtful that any of them will be taking any actions against the war crimes and reconciliation as they will have to face several elections in the near future.
Accordingly, with the intention of addressing the Sinhala Buddhist votes in the South, they are attempting to procrastinate the issues prevailing in the country by implementing a judicial mechanism. As an example, regarding the Mannar mass grave, it will be only the case filed in the country’s courts but nothing will be progressed beyond.