US Secretary of State urges UNHRC to support resolution against SL
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in his remarks to the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council yesterday (24) urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support the resolution as Sri Lanka ‘lacks accountability for the past atrocities’. The statement from the US Secretary comes at a time when Sri Lanka will be facing a resolution during the ongoing Geneva session despite the Government withdrawing from the cosponsored resolution.
Blinken also told the Council to support the resolution and address issues of concern around the world, including ongoing human rights violations in Syria and North Korea and the need for further investigation into the situation in South Sudan. The Council has played a meaningful role in protecting fundamental freedoms by documenting atrocities to hold wrongdoers accountable, helping provide the framework to address past atrocities, and supporting transitional justice he added. He further noted that the Council’s special emergency sessions – most recently on Burma – must quickly focus attention on unfolding crises and ensure that those who are voiceless have a place to be heard.