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‘A consensual resolution will not achieve anything’ – human rights groups urge core members to adopt a ‘tough’ resolution on Sri Lanka

(Photo of Kenneth Roth speaking at the 44th Munich Security Conference 2008)

Responding to German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Holger Seubert, Amnesty International have lambasted calls for a “consensual resolution”, at the upcoming UN Human Rights Council session, highlighting that Sri Lankan government has not shown any support for “an international process to end the cycle of impunity and advance accountability”.

They further stated on Twitter:

The executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, shared this scepticism maintaining that a “weak consensual resolution” was inadequate.

He said on Twitter:

Wenzel Michalski, Human Rights Watch's German Director, further critiqued the call for consensus stating on Twitter:


Senior Advocacy Officer for People Equality and Relief in Lanka, Sagi Thilipkumar, criticised the German ambassador's statement noting Sri Lanka's withdrawal from the UN resolution and describing a renewed "consensus" as "a mockery of the victims and the whole UNHRC process".

He further noted that a lack of political will on behalf of Sri Lanka to prosecute international crimes and noted that "Sri Lanka will never hold its own people accountable".

"The only avenue for justice for the Tamil people is through a fully international mechanism" he maintained.

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice has also denounced attempts at a domestic led approach stating on Twitter:

Amnesty International has called on core-group members and UNHRC members to “adopt a new, robust approach to continue monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation, collect, analyse, and preserve evidence for future prosecutions”.


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