The fourth US sponsored Resolution to the UNHRC Sessions in Geneva concedes the SL government could conduct its own investigations into “alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes” assisted by international and Commonwealth experts. This US position is what China (and Russia) fundamentally stood for as “non-interference” in national issues during previous Resolutions initiated by the US. The fourth US Resolution was adopted without a division at the 30 Sessions this September.
What makes this change for the US was implied by US Secretary of State John Kerry before his departure from Colombo when he addressed the media to “commend the (new) Government and the people of Sri Lanka for the decisions taken to strengthen democracy”. The two words “strengthen democracy” was more than about a regime change at the January 08 (2015) presidential polls. It was about having a government as a secure US ally in the increasingly important Indian Ocean (IO) Rim. This was amply exhibited immediately after the parliament elections in August (2015) when two more important US officials, Ms. Biswal and Mr. Malinowski made an extremely hurried trip to Colombo. The visit was so fast, President Sirisena had to immediately swear in 03 ministers for foreign affairs, justice and rehabilitation to keep to protocol in discussions that would ensue.