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India urges Sri Lanka to fully implement 13A

Thanking the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for her report, India said it looked forward to "the implementation of its other important commitments made to the international community, including the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka."

"We are supportive of the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka and in the spirit of partnership, encourage it to dialogue and engage with all stakeholders so as to arrive at a solution, including implementation of the 13th Amendment, that meets the aspirations of the Tamil community."

"As Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour, India cannot remain untouched by developments there. India has always supported efforts to preserve Sri Lanka’s character as a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious society that accommodates aspirations of all sections of society, including the Sri Lankan Tamil Community, for a life of equality, justice, peace and dignity in a united Sri Lanka."

India's comments yesterday came as other UN member states urged the Human Rights Council to ensure justice is delivered on in Sri Lanka through a time-bound strategy, during the interactive dialogue on the report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Canada reiterated the call for international judges. 

Read more: UN member states call for justice in Sri Lanka through time-bound strategy

Comments by states came as Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Tilak Marapana, told the Council that it rejected the call for a hybrid mechanism, as detailed in resolution 30/1 which it had co-sponsored and which is due to be extended by another two years. 

Read more:  Sri Lanka rejects hybrid court at UN Human Rights Council

The OHCHR report said that "virtually no progress" had been made by the Sri Lankan government on the investigation of war crimes, as well as highlighting concerns about ongoing torture and sexual abuse. 

Read more: 'Virtually no progress' in Sri Lanka on war crimes investigations says UN human rights chief's office

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