An international probe into the alleged abuses was an “intrusive approach” that undermined Sri Lanka’s “national sovereignty”, India said.
New Delhi’s abstention did not come in the way of the UNHRC’s adoption of the US-sponsored resolution, which was passed by 23 votes to 12, with 12 abstentions. The resolution asked the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to investigate alleged abuses “during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission” (between 2002 and 2009).
Asked about India’s vote, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that international efforts should aim to enable Sri Lanka to investigate the allegations of rights violations through a comprehensive, independent and credible national mechanism.
He further said “Yes, we have voted differently as this resolution is very different from previous resolutions on Sri Lanka. Unlike the resolutions in 2009, 2012 and 2013, this resolution imposes an international investigative mechanism. This is an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty.”
The spokesperson added that as a close neighbour, India could not remain untouched by the developments in Sri Lanka. “While significant steps have been taken, much more needs to be done by the Government of Sri Lanka.”