U.N. Human Rights Council applauds Sri Lanka's defeat of the Tamil Tigers

Everyone expected The U.N. Human Rights Council to criticise Sri Lanka and dish out another lecture on upholding Human Rights standards. Instead, the council passed a resolution applauding Sri Lanka's government for it's defeat of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).

The U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution on Wednesday celebrating Sri Lanka's victory over Tamil rebels, ignoring Western-led calls for aid for refugees and political rights for minorities.
I am all for Human Rights and every other noble cause out there, but Sri Lanka was a nation at war for 30 years. To think that there won't be any abuses in a time of war is very naive.

The UN did the right thing. They rightfully acknowledged the defeat of a terrorist group. A terrorist group which is well known for committing a large number of human rights violations in it's time.

Its resolution welcomed "the liberation by the government of Sri Lanka of tens of thousands of its citizens that were kept by the LTTE against their will as hostages," and appealed for financial support for the country's post-war reconstruction.
What's needed now is not criticism and hindrance. The world needs to assist Sri Lanka in resettling the displaced.

Human Right Watch was pretty disappointed at the outcome of Wednesday's session. Saying it was deeply disappointed that the session ended up praising Sri Lanka rather than giving a message to the government that it needs to hear, to ensure access to displaced civilians and uphold human rights standards.

This is also another crushing blow to what is left of the Tamil Tigers. Certain quarters of the Tamil diaspora in Canada, Europe and Australia were hoping for war crimes charges on the Sri Lankan president and damning condemnation from the UN Security Council.

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Narmadi said...

Justice :)

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