The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka passed last Thursday would result in immediate travel bans for military personnel from member countries.
According to the Sunday Times, Canada will be the first to move, naming at least three officers. Members of the European Union are expected to follow suit.
The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution on Thursday aimed at “supporting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka.” It received support from 20 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Twenty countries abstained, while seven voted against the motion, siding with Sri Lanka.
Unlike earlier resolutions, the one passed on Thursday provides
The economic crisis in Sri Lanka, as well as the resulting violations of human rights, have received substantial attention. It addresses corruption and emphasises the importance of taking action to combat it. It also criticises the administration for how it handled protesters who participated in the ousting of previous President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
A new Secretariat will be established under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Commissioner to investigate alleged economic crimes that have resulted in human rights abuses, as well as any other issues raised in the new resolution.
Asia (except for Korea) and Africa (except for Malawi) either abstained or voted against the resolution.