GoSL’s failure to implement LLRC recommendations,  reason for US resolution


Introducing the anti-Sri Lanka resolution, at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday, Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said that they were forced to take action due to failure on the part of the GoSL to address accountability issues.

The Ambassador said: "Given the lack of action to implement the recommendations of the Sri Lankan government’s own LLRC, and the need for additional steps to address accountability issues not covered in the LLRC report, it is appropriate that the UNHRC consider and adopt this moderate and balanced resolution. It is a resolution that encourages Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of its own LLRC and to make concerted efforts at achieving the kind of meaningful accountability upon which lasting reconciliation efforts can be built."

"In addition, this Resolution urges Sri Lanka to work with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and draw from helpful expertise the Office can offer."

Although she declared that the US resolution had 40 co-sponsors, it received only 24 votes in favour, while 15 voted against. Eight members of the 47-member council abstained.

The US declared: "It is almost three years since the end of Sri Lanka’s long and painful conflict. For the past three years, my government has worked bilaterally, and with like-minded countries, to engage officials at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan government on the steps that are necessary to build a peaceful future for the Sri Lankan people. For those three years Sri Lanka has had the time and space to develop its own roadmap for lasting national reconciliation and accountability.  Most recently, we have encouraged Sri Lanka to address actions taken on both sides of the conflict through its domestic Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission Process. We looked forward to the Commission’s report, and understood that Sri Lanka would develop its own action plan to implement the LLRC recommendations."

"We have also worked bilaterally, and with like-minded countries, to encourage Sri Lanka to take advantage of the resources of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. And, we have encouraged Sri Lanka to engage with the Council, and to benefit from the broad range of experiences of Member States that have dealt successfully with their own post-conflict situations."

The US said that an enduring peace would be unsustainable without meaningful steps to foster national reconciliation and accountability.

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