Sri Lankan president orders release of Indian fishermen detained for poaching
The President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse, on Friday ordered the release of Indian fishermen who had been detained for poaching.
Rajapakse asked officials to immediately release all fishermen who had been arrested for allegedly violating the island's territorial waters.
This move comes after India abstained from voting for the U.S.-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.
"We have voted differently on this resolution. It is very different from previous resolutions and imposes an international investigation mechanism. It is an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty," said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.
"As a close neighbor, we cannot remain untouched by developments in Sri Lanka.We are aware that while significant steps have been taken, much more needs to be done by Sri Lankan government," he said.
"But International efforts should aim to enable Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of human rights violation through a comprehensive, independent and credible national mechanism and bring to justice those found guilty. In our view, adopting an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty and institutions is counterproductive," he added.
Although, India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations.
(Posted on 28-03-2014)