Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which said that the current draft was “counterproductive” to the reconciliation efforts of the government.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Sri Lanka’s conduct of proposing amendment after amendment to water down United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on the report by the Human Rights High Commissioner was an attempt to try and strip away all references to implement the recommendations.
The amendments affected by Sri Lankan tinkering include international participation in a justice mechanism and ending impunity. “Virtually no paragraph was left unscathed.
The delegation even suggested deleting proposals to ensure victim and witness protection, to investigate attacks on human rights defenders and journalists and to address sexual violence and torture,” an HRW release said.