Wednesday, May 27, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: UN rights body praises Sri Lanka, condemns Tigers

The UN Human Rights Council praised on Wednesday Sri Lanka's victory over the Tamil Tigers and condemned the rebels for using civilians as human shields.

China, Cuba, Egypt and 26 others on the 47-member council voted in favor of a resolution that described the conflict as a "domestic" matter that did not warrant outside interference. The council also supported the Sri Lankan government's decision to provide aid groups only with "access as may be appropriate" to refugee camps.

Twelve mostly European countries opposed the resolution after failing to get support for a resolution that criticized both sides.

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How they voted at the UNHRC sessions

The following are the manner in which the United Nations Human Rights Council member states voted at the 11th special sessions in Geneva today (May 27).

Adopted by a recorded vote of 29 to 12, with 6 abstentions.

The voting was as follows:

In favour: Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay, Zambia

Against: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada,Chile, France, Germany,Italy, Mexico, Netherlands,Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

Abstaining: Argentina,Gabon, Japan, Mauritius,Republic of Korea,Ukraine].

(Courtesy: UNHRC)


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