IIndia has voted for the resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN
Human Rights Council session in Geneva. 25 countries have voted for the
US-backed resolution addresses alleged war crimes by Lankan forces
during the country's civil war with the Tamil Tigers. India has called
for an "independent and credible investigation into allegations of human
rights violations and loss of civilian lives."
Here are the 10 big developments in this story:
- India also urged Sri Lanka "to take forward measures to
ensure accountability," and added, "We expect these measures to be to
the satisfaction of the international community." (Read: India's full statement at the Geneva session of the UNHRC)
the vote, the US said it "acknowledges the progress made in some areas
but a lot more needs to be done," and added that Sri Lanka must "take
meaningful action and address the growing concern."
to the floor, Pakistan said that the resolution "would fail to engage
Sri Lanka constructively and will negatively impact the ongoing process
of reconciliation" and voted against the resolution.
Lanka said the, "High Commissioner's report has no regard for the
domestic reconciliation process which is ongoing in Sri Lanka," and that
the international community "must appreciate that Sri Lanka is a
country that has suffered much of externally sponsored terrorism."
- The UN resolution addresses the alleged atrocities against the
country's Tamil civilians during Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war.
way India should vote and what amendments it should move has stirred a
political storm here and pushed the UPA government to the precipice. The
DMK withdrew from the government saying its stance on the resolution
was not strong enough.
- The DMK wanted India to add strong
language to the UN Human Rights Council resolution sponsored by the US
to accuse Sri Lanka of "genocide" during its civil war and call for an
international probe. It also wanted a parliamentary resolution to be
moved against Sri Lanka.
- An all-party meeting on the whether India should move a parliamentary resolution yesterday ended inconclusively.
2012, a US-sponsored resolution saw 24 countries out of the 47 member
countries voting against Sri Lanka. Fifteen countries voted against the
resolution and 8 abstained.
- The UN has estimated that
some 40,000 people were killed in the final months of the Sri Lankan
civil war, while rights groups put the death toll even higher. Sri Lanka
denies that its forces killed civilians.