Posted on 02.26.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
Despite objections raised by Lankan government, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is to implement recommendations in a report tabled at the UN Human Rights Council.
The report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, which was formally tabled at the Council on Wednesday, has been amended to include changes after talks with the Sri Lankan Government, UN sources reported.
Having paid attention to some concerns and proposed changes by Lankan authorities, the final document was delayed by three weeks.
Even several models will be looked at to implement some of the mechanisms proposed in the report on Lanka, the existing systems like those implemented on Syria, Myanmar or North Korea or an entirely new configuration could also be implemented.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told the Council on Wednesday that Sri Lanka rejects the recommendations made by Bachelet in her report.
He said the call for asset freezes, travel bans, references to the ICC and the exercise of universal jurisdiction by individual States points to a distinct and imminent danger which the international community as a whole need to take note of.
Yesterday when the report was opned for opinion, 21 countries spoke in favour of Sri Lanka and 15 against during an Interactive Dialogue at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
A core group of countries led by the United Kingdom has proposed to move a resolution on Sri Lanka calling for action on alleged human rights and accountability issues during wartime. Sri Lanka has sought to thwart the adoption of such a resolution.
The Interactive Dialogue took place amidst intense campaigning for support.
The representatives of the countries such as the United Kingdom, Norway, Canada, the United States Germany and the European Union spoke against the position of the Sri Lankan government.
However, India and Japan took neutral positions. Australia also spoke with a moderate tone despite it being an ally of the western world.
Among the 21 countries that spoke in support of the Sri Lankan government’s position, ten are member states of the UNHRC. These countries are Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Vietnam, the Maldives, Cuba, Nicaragua, Eritrea, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Belarus, North Korea, Gabon, the Philippines, Syria and Egypt.