India undermining resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC: ACHR

New Delhi/Geneva - Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), a NGO having Special Consultative Status with the UN and participating in the ongoing 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Friday accused India of trying to undermine the US sponsored country resolution on Sri Lanka.

The United States and other substantial members of the UN are sponsoring a resolution on "Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka" at the ongoing 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

"The Government of India has been urging the United States and other sponsors of the resolution to water-down the resolution on the promise of obtaining Sri Lanka's consent for unanimous adoption of the resolution. This attempt of the Government of India to ‘run with the hare and hunt with the hounds’ is undermining the resolution's provisions, especially those relating to accountability for the crimes committed during the war and the time bound implementation of the devolution package for national
reconciliation in Sri Lanka," said Suhas Chakma, Director of ACHR.

"It is deeply regrettable that India is not even following the issue of devolution as provided in the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution mediated by India, while India’s own bilateral efforts to convince Sri Lanka yielded absolutely no result," Chakma said further.

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