UNHRC resolution: India reiterates call for Lanka to conduct credible probe on rights abuses
Geneva, Mar.21 : India on Thursday reiterated its call for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violations and loss of civilian lives during the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Intervening in a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting that was discussing the resolution on promoting reconcilation and cccountability in Sri Lanka, the Indian delegation said: "We urge Sri Lanka to take forward measures to ensure accountability. We expect these measures to be to the satisfaction of the international community."
New Delhi's representative head at the meeting further said: "India believes that the report of the LLRC and its findings and recommendation provides a window of opportunity to forge a consensual way forward towards a lasting political settlement through genuine national reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all its citizens."
The Indian delegation expressed its concern over the inadequate progress made by Sri Lanka in fulfilling its commitment to the UNHRC in 2009.
"Further, we call on Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and building upon it," the Indian delegation said in its intervention.
"India has always been of the view that the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka provided a unique opportunity to pursue a lasting political settlement, acceptable to all communities in Sri Lanka, including the Tamils. We call for effective and timely implementation of all the constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC report, including those pertaining to missing persons, detainees, disappearances and abductions, reduction of 'high security zones', return of private lands by the military and withdrawal of the security forces from the civilian domain in the Northern Province."
"We reiterate our call for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violations and loss of civilian lives. We urge Sri Lanka to take forward measures to ensure accountability. We expect these measures to be to the satisfaction of the international community," the representative head of the Indian delegation said.
"As Sri Lanka's closest neighbour, India remains engaged in a substantial way in the relief, resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction process in that country," he added.
"We encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to expedite the process of a broad-based, inclusive and meaningful reconciliation and political settlement that ensures that all communities live in dignity with equal rights and equal protection of the laws."