The US sponsored and supported a new resolution against Sri Lanka at the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to put pressure on Sri Lanka to show progress in reconciliation and accountability issues will probably be introduced today.

“The resolution will ask the Government of Sri Lanka to follow through on its own commitments to its people, including implementing the constructive recommendations from the report by Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission,” US State Department Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said Friday.

The spokesperson said the new resolution will build on the 2012 resolution, which called on Sri Lanka to do more to promote reconciliation and accountability.

“So that’s really the content of the resolution and we’re cosponsoring – we’re sponsoring it and support it,” he said.

The U.S. introduced the resolution 19/2 titled “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka” at the 19th session of the UNHRC in March 2012. The resolution was adopted by the 47-member UNHRC with a majority of 9 votes.

 

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