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Resolution on Sri Lanka passed at United Nations Human Rights Council

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The resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today with 22 voting for, 11 against it and 14 abstentions.

Resolution A/HRC/46/L.1 was presented to the Council by Julian Braithwaite, the UK representative to Geneva, on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka.

Several member States later expressed their views on the resolution during which China called for a vote.

The vote was taken online through Zoom as all 47 members of Council could not attend in person as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apart from the Core Group members and the EU, others who had voted for the resolution included Korea and Mexico.

The United States, which withdrew from the UNHRC when Donald Trump was President, verbally backed the resolution ahead of today’s vote. 

China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela are among the countries that voted against the resolution.

India, Japan, Indonesia, Libya, Bahrain, Cameroon and Nepal were among the countries that abstained.

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