Sri Lanka UN resolution adopted unanimously
ECONOMYNEXT – The UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted unanimously clearing the way for a foreign-supervised investigation into alleged war crimes in the island.
The resolution was debated over two days, but there was no call for a vote and it was adopted by consensus with mounting calls for international help, both in terms of money and expertise to ensure accountability.
The operative paragraph of the resolution sets the stage for foreign experts without prescribing international involvement.
"Welcomes the recognition by the Government of Sri Lanka that accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and to build confidence in the people of all communities of Sri Lanka in the justice system, notes with appreciation the proposal of the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as applicable; affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for their integrity and impartiality; and also affirms in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the special counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorized prosecutors and investigators." (Colombo/October 01 2015)