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India in a spot over UN resolution on Sri Lanka

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 09, 2013
First Published: 22:53 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:11 IST(10/3/2013)

New Delhi is walking a tightrope over the US-sponsored draft resolution on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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The draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ is still open to changes as member states are still factoring in their concerns.

It is not commonplace for any Indian political party to openly support a resolution at the UN backed by the US, but this time the main political parties in Tamil Nadu are rooting for India supporting such a resolution against Sri Lanka. New Delhi, on its part, wants to play it safe and is trying hard for the resolution to be “less intrusive” yet enough to satisfy the concerns of the DMK — a UPA ally — and AIADMK.

The resolution takes note of the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s call for an independent and credible international investigation into violations human rights law in Sri Lanka against Tamils.

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It also expresses concerns at the continuing reports of violations of human rights, including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, intimidation of Lankan Tamils and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists, and threats to judicial independence and the rule of law.

Colombo , too, is uncomfortable with New Delhi playing the Tamil minority card too loudly. Indian officials said they were engaged in discussions to find out the best possible way out on the resolution.


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