India on Thursday joined a majority of United Nations Human Rights Council members to support a resolution censuring Sri Lanka for alleged violation of rights of its Tamil minority. But New Delhi also succeeded in persuading the US for two crucial amendments to the draft to make it “non-intrusive”.
Sources said that at India's instance, a paragraph that said “recalling council resolutions 5/1 and 5/2 on institution building of the Human Rights Council” was added to the resolution.
The other change was to reword the last paragraph on providing advice and technical assistance on implementing the steps suggested in the resolution, and saying this would be done “in consultation with and concurrence of” the Lanka government.
“We were very particular we cannot accept (the original resolution). We told the sponsor the assistance should be given with the consultation and concurrence of the government. We made sure it is restricted only to assistance and is not a monitoring mechanism,” sources said.
While the US saw India’s role as “positive”, Lanka’s acting media minister LY Abeywardena said ties with India “would not be affected” but blamed its domestic politics for the stance.
India could face a limited backlash by Colombo, possibly in the form of contracts for China, which was among the 15 countries that voted against the resolution.