The 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva adopted the resolution against Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes on Thursday (March 22, 2012). The resolution urged Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes during the last stage of its military action against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
- 24 countries that voted against Sri Lanka
- 15 countries including China and Russia rejected the resolution
- 8 countries abstained from vote
India is among 24 countries that voted against Sri Lanka on March 22, 2012 at a session of the United National Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UN’s top human rights body has passed a resolution, sponsored by the US, that Sri Lanka must properly investigate alleged war crimes during its 26-year conflict with the rebel Tamil Tigers. 15 countries including China and Russia backed Sri Lanka, which had rejected the resolution, saying it unduly interfered in the country’s domestic affairs and could hinder its reconciliation process. Eight countries abstained from today’s vote. Both the Sri Lanka government and the rebel Tamil Tigers have been accused of atrocities during their country’s lengthy civil war. Sri Lanka has rejected the resolution and has said that the criticism at the level of the United Nations is not justified.