UNHRC’s draft resolution on Sri Lanka

Thursday, 14 March 2019

The UN rights office called for international investigations into alleged war crimes and encourages member states to prosecute Sri Lankans suspected of war crimes in accordance with universal jurisdiction principles.

Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”, the rollover resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendation and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.

The resolution which Sri Lanka is expected to co-sponsor is termed A/HRC/40/L.1 and was also endorsed by Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland.

The resolution follows the report submitted by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet last week.

This draft resolution was tabled at the Sri Lankan Parliament yesterday (13) and a copy of the resolution was released to the media