Home / Opinion and Issues/ Sri Lanka doesn’t need to revisit the UNHRC resolution

Sri Lanka doesn’t need to revisit the UNHRC resolution

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:01

By Taylor Dibbert

I don’t understand why Sri Lanka needs to revisit the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka (‘Govt. to ‘revisit’ UNHRC resolution as priority, says FM’). How can something so irrelevant be a priority?

I suppose anything pertaining to transitional justice and the Geneva-based HRC could be used to stir up nationalist sentiments. Nevertheless, the Government would probably be wasting its time by trying to formally undercut the UNHRC process or open a negotiation about it. Surely, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is confident enough about his presidential victory to know that he doesn’t need to take action in this area?

The Coalition Government didn’t meaningfully engage with the resolution. There were some early and important steps in the right direction, but the government mostly ignored a resolution that it co-sponsored. And there is no enforcement mechanism. Sri Lanka isn’t required to do anything. The UNHRC process on Sri Lanka has been a sideshow for far too long. Sirisena and Wickremesinghe were never serious about transitional justice. The transitional justice process was never explained to the general public because the government was fearful of doing so.  Some very sincere, talented and committed people have attempted to make genuine progress, although that’s tough to do when there’s no political support from the top. The current administration can just, like the previous administration, fail to fulfill those purported commitments.


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Forensic Audits part of bond scam cover-up

Saturday, 25 January 2020

From the time the bond scam was carried out by the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, that administration under the guidance of the former Prime Minister had been avoiding the law by regularly bringing up various distractions so that the true natur

Halting mega projects is untimely; Govt. can explore other options

Friday, 24 January 2020

In a Sunday newspaper on 5 January a news item titled ‘Mega projects on hold until August budget,’ ‘Drop in revenue after tax reductions prevents spending on major constructions,’ was not a development-friendly headline. It may be accurate o

Is any further expenditure on the Port City a waste of money?

Friday, 24 January 2020

Erase from the mind all that you have read and heard about it. Then take a blank piece of paper, draw an irregular circle, and draw a line to divide it into two. On the bottom half write 300 acres. That is our Port City! To get the size into a proper

Foundations of incivility

Friday, 24 January 2020

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri

Columnists More