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UNHRC resolution vote on 6 October

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  • Tomorrow fixed for final submission of resolutions
BY Mirudhula Thambiah   The resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Core Group of countries on Sri Lanka will be taken up for voting on 6 October, while the final day for submitting resolutions is scheduled for tomorrow (28).  The informal session on the Core Group resolution was held on 23 September, and the revised version of the recommendations was made public.  The resolution on Sri Lanka is co-sponsored by the Core Group of countries, which consists of countries such as the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Malavi.  As the main point, the resolution called on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments on the devolution of political authority, which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of its population, and encouraged the Government to respect Local Government authorities through the holding of elections for Provincial Councils (PCs), and to ensure that all PCs, including the Northern and Eastern PCs, are able to operate effectively, in accordance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka. The importance of a comprehensive approach to dealing with the past, incorporating judicial and non-judicial measures to ensure accountability, to serve justice to provide remedies to victims and to avoid the recurrence of violations of human rights, and to promote healing and reconciliation were also emphasised.   

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