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Sri Lanka’s Parliament voted against the UNHRC probe into human rights violations

Jun 23, 2014 17:51 IST

Sri Lanka’s Parliament on 18 June 2014 voted a motion against the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) probe.

The resolution was passed to not to allow the UNHRC team into the country to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the last phase of the civil war against the LTTE.

The Sri Lankan government moved resolution was passed with 144 votes in favour, 10 against and 37 abstentions in the 225 member house.

The resolution stated that the investigation should not be carried out on the ground that such a course of action is detrimental to the process of reconciliation and peace and that it erodes the sovereignty, dignity and stature of Sri Lanka.

Background
Earlier, UNHRC passed a changed draft resolution on Sri Lanka on 27 March 2014 that sought to authorize UNHRC to set up an independent international inquiry to probe into human rights violations during Sri Lankan civil war against LTTE in Sri Lanka in 2009. The Sri Lankan government rejected the call by UNHRC for an international inquiry on 25 February 2014.


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