United Nations Human Rights Council adopts Resolution on Sri Lanka

The United Nations Human Rights Council at its 46th Regular Session adopted the Resolution A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev which calls on it to enhance its monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including on progress in reconciliation & accountability. 

22 countries voted in favour of the text, 11 opposed and 14 abstained, including Sri Lanka’s neighbours, India and Nepal and most Muslim majority countries, except for Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan, who voted against the motion. 

In the resolution the Human Rights Council expressed “deep concern” at the “deteriorating situation” in Sri Lanka, and criticised the erosion of judicial independence, marginalisation of minorities and impunity. 

The text pointed to trends emerging over the past year, which according to Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, speaking on behalf of the European Union, represent clear early “warning signs of a deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka” 

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