More countries sign resolution on Sri Lanka

Colombo, Oct 3 :  More and more countries have signed a resolution denouncing human
rights violations in Sri Lanka in Geneva.
The Daily Mirror reported on Monday that the resolution was originally sponsored by the UK,
the US, Germany, Canada, Malawi, Montenegro and North Mcedonia.
It has now been signed also by Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey. The resolution, Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, will be
voted this week at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The draft requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to enhance its monitoring and reporting on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, including on progress in
reconciliation and accountability and on the human rights impact of the economic crisis and
corruption. The office has also been requested to present oral updates to the Human Rights Council at its 53rd session and 55th sessions and a written update at its 54th session and a comprehensive report that includes further options for advancing accountability at its 57th session in 2024.
The new resolution also expresses concern over the human rights developments since April 2022 including violence against and arrests of peaceful protesters as well as violence against government supporters, resulting in deaths, injuries, destruction and damage to houses of MPs.
The resolution has also sought to extend and reinforce the capacity of the Office of the High
Commissioner to collect, consolidate, analyse and preserve information and evidence and to develop possible strategies for future accountability processes for gross violations of human rights or serious violations in Sri Lanka.  (Agencies)