GENEVA: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has been given the mandate to gather and preserve information and evidence about Sri Lanka’s long civil war-related crimes.
According to the report, the long civil war ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.
The group’s UK resolution was approved by the Human Rights Council, which delegated powers to its office staff.
At the 47-nation forum in Geneva, 22 voted in favour of the inquiry, while 11 countries, including China and Pakistan, voted against it.
In addition, representatives from 11 countries, including India, were absent.
Julian Braithwaite, the British ambassador, said in a text presented by a group based in Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro and northern Macedonia that “the immunity has increased and worked on such cases has stopped.”
But Sri Lankan Ambassador M.C.A. Chandraprema dismissed the text as “unsupportive and divisive”.
The resolution expressed grave concern over last year’s trends, which “pointed out the deteriorating human rights situation”.
These include military officers being held accountable for civilian government duties, lack of independence of the judiciary and immunity from crime, and a ‘political impediment to accountability.
The United Nations estimates that between 60,000 and 100,000 people died in the 26-year war.
The Tamil Tigers, who fought for an independent state for 26 years, said they had been systematically marginalized since independence in the Buddhist-majority country.
The United Nations estimates that about 100,000 people died in Sri Lanka during the civil war.
During this time, both the Sri Lankan government and the rebels were accused of serious human rights abuses.