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Draft UNHRC resolution fails to offer meaningful progress - CTC

The draft resolution tabled today at the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka "falls short" said Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) in a statement released this evening.

Calling on the Council to take "decisive action", CTC said that the draft resolution "fails to offer any meaningful progress towards accountability, let alone reconciliation."

CTC added,

"The proposed resolution effectively mutes the chorus of calls for an International Commission of Inquiry, and instead continues to give Sri Lanka time and space. The proposal appears to seek the High Commissioner’s assistance in undertaking an investigation, however, it does not give her the mandate, resources, or direction to investigate and make a legal finding of fact."

Commenting on the resolution, the organisation's Legal Counsel, Gary Anandasangaree, said,

The overwhelming calls for an independent, international investigation in Sri Lanka can no longer be ignored. Incremental pressure on Sri Lanka has clearly failed, and it is time for the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an International Commission of Inquiry that will bring the victims justice. The UNHRC cannot continue to evade its duties and responsibilities under international law,”

See full statement here.

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