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India votes for UNHRC resolution against Lanka

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GENEVA, March 22 � Overcoming its dithering, India today voted for a US-sponsored resolution at the UN�s top human rights body censuring Sri Lanka for alleged rights violations during the war against LTTE, reports PTI.

India had initially shown reluctance to vote on a nation-specific resolution but had to change its stand under severe pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu, particularly DMK which had threatened to pull out its ministers from the UPA government at the Centre.

With 24 votes for, 15 against and 8 abstentions, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution which noted with concern that an internal inquiry report in Sri Lanka does not adequately address �serious allegations� of violations of international law.

It also asked Colombo to present as expeditiously as possible a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to address the alleged violations of international law.

Sources said India decided to vote after persuading the resolution-sponsor to make two changes in the draft so that it became �non-intrusive� and contribute to political reconciliation process in the island.

India did not participate in the debate but voted with countries like Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and the US.

Many of India�s neighbours, including China, Bangladesh and Maldives, and Russia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia were among the countries that voted against the resolution.

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India votes for UNHRC resolution against Lanka

GENEVA, March 22 � Overcoming its dithering, India today voted for a US-sponsored resolution at the UN�s top human rights body censuring Sri Lanka for alleged rights violations during the war against LTTE, reports PTI.

India had initially shown reluctance to vote on a nation-specific resolution but had to change its stand under severe pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu, particularly DMK which had threatened to pull out its ministers from the UPA government at the Centre.

With 24 votes for, 15 against and 8 abstentions, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution which noted with concern that an internal inquiry report in Sri Lanka does not adequately address �serious allegations� of violations of international law.

It also asked Colombo to present as expeditiously as possible a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to address the alleged violations of international law.

Sources said India decided to vote after persuading the resolution-sponsor to make two changes in the draft so that it became �non-intrusive� and contribute to political reconciliation process in the island.

India did not participate in the debate but voted with countries like Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and the US.

Many of India�s neighbours, including China, Bangladesh and Maldives, and Russia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia were among the countries that voted against the resolution.

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