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Sri Lanka ‘reviewing’ withdrawal from UN resolution

The Sri Lankan government confirmed it was “currently reviewing” action to be taken at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), including starting “top-level engagements” at withdrawing from a resolution on accountability for violations of international law. 

Sri Lankan Minister Dinesh Gunawardane said Colombo had “started work” on reviewing a UN resolution that the previous government has co-sponsored. The resolution mandated an accountability mechanism with foreign judges and lawyers to prosecute those accused of committing human rights violations. 

The Daily Mirror reported that when asked about withdrawing from co-sponsorship of the UNHRC resolution, Gunawardene “said the government would start top-level engagements on this matter after the process was reviewed by his Ministry officials”.