Sri Lanka Opposes New UNHCR Resolution Aimed at ‘Tarnishing’ Its Image

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Sri Lanka’s authorities said it opposes a caller solution astatine the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) that calls for the probe of corruption by nationalist officials, saying it violated the country’s constitution.

The draught resolution, titled “promoting reconciliation, accountability and quality rights successful Sri Lanka,” was presented to the UNHCR’s 51st league past month.

It was co-sponsored by the United States, Britain, Germany, Canada, Malawi, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. A ballot for the caller solution is scheduled connected Oct. 6.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry said connected Sept. 29 that the caller solution is “unfair” arsenic it “tarnishes” the country’s representation astatine a clip erstwhile it requires planetary practice to tackle its economical crisis.

“It is against our constitution, and we person to respond to that,” helium told Economy Next. “Whether we volition triumph oregon lose, determination are things connected which we cannot compromise. We volition inquire for a ballot done our friends.”

“Particularly what we are acrophobic astir is an extracurricular grounds gathering mechanics and the semipermanent prosecution of Sri Lankan equipped forces extracurricular Sri Lanka. That we cannot hold with,” Sabry added.

The caller solution raises interest implicit the quality rights interaction of Sri Lanka’s economical crisis, which has exacerbated nutrient insecurity, terrible substance and aesculapian shortages, and reduced household incomes.

The solution notes the “continued militarization of civilian authorities functions,” eroding judicial independence, and “lack of advancement successful addressing longstanding grievances and demands of Tamil and Muslim populations.”

It calls connected Sri Lanka’s authorities to analyse and prosecute corruption committed by “public and erstwhile nationalist officials,” citing the antagonistic interaction corruption tin person connected “the enjoyment of quality rights.”

‘Predatory Loans’ From China

Some U.S. senators tabled a solution [pdf] successful the Senate aft the UNHCR resolution, calling for a “comprehensive planetary attack to code Sri Lanka’s existent governmental and economical crisis.”

The resolutions see “challenges related to mediocre governance and economical argumentation nether the Rajapaksa family’s rule,” which anti-government protesters had blamed for the country’s worst economical situation successful decades.

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), urged Sri Lankan authorities to respect the morganatic rights of the people.

They claimed that the Rajapaksa authorities “devoted authorities resources for idiosyncratic governmental purposes with small transparency, implemented misguided cultivation policies, and borrowed billions of dollars from China to make economically unviable mega projects.”

Sri Lanka’s economical situation was “exacerbated by predatory loans from [the] People’s Republic of China arsenic portion of its debt-trap diplomacy,” the senators said successful the resolution.

“After years of civilian warfare and authorities mismanagement and abuse, Sri Lanka needs a authorities that is committed to taste tolerance, equitable economical development, quality rights, and justice. That should besides beryllium the absorption of U.S. policy,” Leahy said successful a statement.

Sri Lanka defaulted connected its indebtedness successful May. The land federation has $10 cardinal successful bilateral indebtedness arsenic of August, of which 44 percent is owed to China, according to the concern ministry (pdf).

Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as president successful July, replacing Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the state aft anti-government protesters stormed his authoritative residence to request his resignation.

Aldgra Fredly


Aldgra Fredly is simply a freelance writer based successful Malaysia, covering Asia Pacific quality for The Epoch Times.