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Updated: March 23, 2012 13:08 IST

India votes for resolution against Sri Lanka

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In this November 21, 2009 photo, a Sri Lankan Army soldier stands guard next to a fence, as internally displaced civilians look on in the background at a camp in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka .
AP In this November 21, 2009 photo, a Sri Lankan Army soldier stands guard next to a fence, as internally displaced civilians look on in the background at a camp in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka .

India on Thursday voted for a United States-sponsored resolution at the United Nations' top human rights body censuring Sri Lanka for its alleged rights violations during the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

India initially showed reluctance to vote on a nation-specific resolution but changed its stand after political parties in Tamil Nadu exerted pressure on the United Progressive Alliance government to go with the resolution. The DMK, in particular, threatened to pull out its Ministers from the UPA government on the issue.

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

The resolution asked Colombo to present expeditiously 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.

Informed sources said India decided to vote after persuading the sponsor to make two changes in the draft so that it became “non-intrusive” and contributed to a political reconciliation process in the island nation.

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

Many of India's neighbours, including China, Bangladesh and the Maldives; Russia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia were among the countries that voted against the resolution, which asked Colombo to implement the LLRC's constructive recommendations.

In a veiled attack on India, Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, who was present during the voting, said the most distressing feature was that voting at the Council was now determined not by the merits of a particular issue but by strategic alliances and domestic political issues in other countries, a reference to the politics in Tamil Nadu.

However, Indian sources pointed out that New Delhi was successful in bringing about the change in the resolution to add a paragraph that said “recalling Council resolutions 5/1 and 5/2 on institution building of the Human Rights Council” to give a context.

The other change was in reference to the wording of the last para, which speaks of providing advice and technical assistance in implementing the steps suggested in the resolution. The amendment makes it clear that advice and technical assistance will be provided “in consultation with and with the concurrence of” the government of Sri Lanka that made the resolution “non-intrusive,” the Indian sources said.

Tabling the resolution, the U.S. said Colombo was given three years to hold its own investigations into allegations of serious violations but given the lack of action it was appropriate that the Council be pushed to do so. “An enduring peace will be unsustainable without meaningful steps to foster national reconciliation and accountability,” U.S. envoy Eileen Donahoe said. She also said India's backing was very helpful because it was a close neighbour. “We see India's support as nothing but positive.”

Sri Lanka's Special Envoy on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe rejected the resolution, saying it was “misconceived, unwarranted and ill-timed” embodying several “harmful” elements that violated important principles having adverse ramifications for his country and others. Warning that the resolution would be counter-productive, he said it would undermine the principle of non-interference in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of the country, a point backed by China and Russia.

The resolution's opponents stated that the timing was not correct, adding that only three years had passed after the LTTE war ended and Sri Lanka needed more time to continue with its domestic process.

The worst outcome of this decision might be India becone singled out in the Indian peninsular region. Even India's one time closest ally Russia also voted against the resolution. These all showing India's diplomatic failures. If the decision is taken well in advance, and tried to garner support of our concerns India can keep at least Bangladesh and Maldives in their side. Russia opposed it as the resolution was moved by the US.

from:  Rajesh P R
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 02:53 IST

"China voted against the resolution!!" Itdidn't make anyone embarrassed as China is a country of largescale human rights violations. furthermore they were Srilanka's key ally by supplying advanced weapons in their operation against LTTE. Then how they can voted for or remain neutral?

from:  Rajesh P R
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 01:03 IST

Lets not forget that America is not infallible. The Vietnamese did it.
Now north Korea is capable of locking horns. America's proud neck is
bound to bend when our sighs are focused. Woe unto America - keep your
filthy hands off us. We fought the terrorist right unlike you Clumsy -
you can't come to our toes.

from:  Kenneth Dabrera
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 19:51 IST

When will there be a UNHCR resolution against US and India for Human Rights Violation for if such violation are a real concern and not just an instrument for exerting stifling influence on a tiny island, the GOI has befriended Human Rights violations plenty on domestic soil on an ongoing basis, and did so in Sri Lanka in an IPKF making life miserable for the Tamils they were sent in to protect, while funding the LTTE to make violence. As for the warrior super power Government that likes to go wherever it can, sometimes under false pretext of a threat like it did in Iraq, to take over and do as it wishes, put in jail, for breaching classified information, who make public the going ons, like a video of journalists and civilians being shot, there is no telling of the status of such violations. Have a feeling all of the above will be deemed irrelevant,incendiary (even tho' fact based)by moderators for that is the out to keep the drum beat going most convenient & favorable to UPA Gov.

from:  RA
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 09:18 IST

Personally i feel that we all as a people of this world should raise above any differences and stand strongly against anything which comes defeating humanity. This is a another lesson(as happens in any war),where lakhs of innocent people lost their lives for which they haven't did anything wrong but only because of their decisions made by their crude leaders. It was very shame to see UN,India,USA and other super powers for not making any steps initially to prevent this war,but just keeping quiet. India now due to pressure voted against SL,but still it didn't came openly to oppose these brutal acts.

from:  Chidhambaram S
Posted on: Mar 25, 2012 at 23:36 IST

@B.S. Kumar, to your question what relevance Lord Rama got in this forum I would say none. But your reference to politicians from TN helping the cause of Tamils in Lanka for the only reason that they share a common language shows you have not read much. If India, as you argue, should mind its own business without involving its expertise in Sri Lankan affairs, then why did India create Bangladesh out of Pakistan? Why does India set up base in Afghanistan with the help of the West for rehabilitating the war-ravaged tribal areas? What does India got to do with Maldivian politics, the self-determination by the Tibetian people from China, installing a stable democratic govt in Nepal and Burma? Let alone debating why India should patrol the sea where Somalian pirates attack cargo ships etc.

from:  GK
Posted on: Mar 25, 2012 at 00:05 IST

@GK - Who is Lord Rama? Does he have anything to do with post independence India or the Constitution of this nation? Can Lord Rama rescue India from anything today? Maybe he could have done something about the plight of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka? Of what relevance is Lord Rama to this forum?

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 12:16 IST

It is so sad to say that an Indian member supported the UN against Sri lanka, as India and Sri Lanka are the neighboring countries as well as maintaining the good relationship among us. Sri lankans are actually our brothers. We treated them in a well mannered and it helped us to stabilize our economic and foreign relations for the past years. Its really a wrong decision taken by our member to support the UN which will help the China and Pakistan to be a good friends of Lanka and in effect it will affect India in the Sri Lankan region as we are having a coastal area.

from:  pratheesh
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 09:09 IST

The world community and India in particular also should understand that war is war-it has no mercy,but why are these people reluctant to accept the fact that the world's most dangerous terrorist organization was headed down and eradicated by the Sri Lankan troops at a time when it was so impossible for the Indian troops even after losing thousands of its men and the PM Gandhi?

from:  gamini jayalath
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 08:08 IST

Gone through a video on srilankan war crimes, I was tormented. The one who has done those excruciating act should be sued, whom ever it may be. India's vote against srilanka on UNHRC resolution introduced by US was absolutely right.

from:  Udhayarasu.T
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 01:44 IST

It is so sad to see that India behaved in an unexpected way so as to give both its rivals China and Pakistan an opportunity to be powerful in the region.There is no harm what China and Pakistan have been doing as they seem true friends of SL.There is no matter in what most people chatter when it comes to the last phase of the war that ended in May 2009 as people like Daya Master,the former spokesman of the LTTE and many more like that still survive.Moreover,can what the Americans did in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan be justified? No action against this so called international policeman! However,the problems of the Tamils in SL must be solved within the country by its own people,but not by these capitalist powers in west or those who perform their interests.India had damaged its 2500 years of strong and close relationship with SL .

from:  gamini jayalath
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 20:13 IST

"Siding with the LTTE just because they spoke Tamil is one of the worst policies some of our Tamil politicians have taken up" @B S Kumar, what then Lord Rama got to do with Sri Lanka so that He built a bridge between the two countries as early as 5th Century BC? Did Rama speak Sinhala? The issue is not who killed many in the war. it is; who killed those innocent civilians who took shelter in schools and places of worship.

from:  GK
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 20:02 IST

The UN/US combine is interested in safeguarding human rights? That's a holler and a hoot! Look at how much interest they showed in the 600,000 Iraqis who died in a needless invasion and genocide of its people by the US military. Did anybody come up with any resolution over that? Did India take a moral stand and refuse to do business with the USA? Telling Sri Lanka how to defend itself against terrorists is NONE of our business. Look at how we quell our internal divisive forces in India! Siding with the LTTE just because they spoke Tamil is one of the worst policies some of our Tamil politicians have taken up. But then, opportunism is nothing new. Now let us not fall for their claim that their stand has somehow found credibility!

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 19:29 IST

A brave decision by the government indeed! I'm glad. Wish it was taken with more conviction, earlier and without the political pressure. Regional standing, political strategy/leverage and friendship should not stand in the way for saying 'wrong is wrong'. And happenings in parts of India(every country has incidents it ought to be ashamed of) cannot be compared with what happened in Sri Lanka/perpetuated by the SL government.

from:  Deepa
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 19:13 IST

India should understand DMK and others dont care about India, their mission is Tamil Eelam. First it will be in sri lanka just after that it will be in India.But we sri lankans never give up, there is no where to go for srilankans except sri lanka .you have to care of India.you are losing the closest neighbor and partner of India. It is not possible to stop sri lanka is moving to chinese hands hence we need a believable partner when India cannot be in this position.

from:  chalith de silva
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 14:24 IST

It takes timing for Sri Lanka to sort out their own political problem,to
tell the world the correct path taken by the government for all the
reconciliation and reforms are implementing on Sri Lankan citizen for
the benefit of Sri Lanka statehood after many years of civil war.

from:  Satendra kumar
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 14:06 IST

Haris's comment ,above is very racist,deplorable He is ignorant. Haris read your histroy man. You all went from India. Haris, people like you promote hatred.
Coming back to India's stand on the above- Welldone - India is big, and its time Team India uses its authority; when injustice is meted out anywhere.China's foot hold on Sri-Lanka? Who cares. Indian economy , thankfully is not dependant on Sri-Lanka.With all its faults India is the largest working democracy.
Hard work is yet come, India and others should ensure GOSL, delivers ,what was recommended by its own LLRC.The President (MR)
Should personally take responsibilty to deliver the promises to the Sri-Lankn Nation as a whole. I believe he is a honourable man and all concerned should give him the support implement the proposals. History will remember this. This is the last chance, and please do not mis use it. How long can a nation survive with these communal hatredness.Wake up Sri-Lankans we are very HUMANE people.

from:  Rsiva
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 13:54 IST

What about the HR violation made by India towards LOW Caste people?

from:  priya
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 13:48 IST

Political compulsions play a pivotal role. India's support of the US spoonsored resolution is one such episode. The resolution however buttresses India's call to engage Sri Lanka, a country who has been cold towards India. I would neither blame Sri Lanka nor India. There is no point in worrying about China's growing influence in Sri Lanka. China is slowing down quickly and it needs fresh markets; Sri Lanka is one new market. Chinese support for an instance is based on similar problems on their own backyard. Period.

from:  Srini
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 13:44 IST

I am Sri Lankan. I would like to say one thing. That is India is not a
regional power anymore. If it is a regional power it should protect
the neighbours around it. Now nobody (India's neighbours) will believe
India. Because what has happened to Sri Lanka can happen to anyone of
them. Its very sad to see the unprofessional manner in which India
handled its foreign policy in this instance. They are bringing their
domestic matters/problems (Tamil nadu pressure) to international
level. Very unprofessional. All other neighbours of India voted for
Sri lanka. India should identify who are friend and who are not. Sri
Lanka will have its chance too in future. India will regret at that
time.

from:  NIshantha
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 13:08 IST

You are very correct Kav Kanag, The perpetrators of utterly disgusting and absolutely nauseating violence, murder and atrocity on other fellow human beings must be punished. For training and strengthening the LTTE indian government, including the dead Rajiv and mother, for killing inocent tamil doctors and nurses the IPKF members and killing thousands in Vietnam, Cuba USA should be punished. Killing sikhs in Golden Temple all responsible including ... should be punished.

from:  Charls Winstone
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 13:01 IST

Wheter it is correct or wrong for India to vote is a question India
need to assess looking at who trained LTTE, where (in TN), where
arms came from (via TN coast) and the peace now. War is no good, but
LTTE was a cancer to any decent civilized society in the world
speading hatred, many still suffer from LTTE hatred, SL delivered
what Rajiv or 50,000 Indian army couldn't do. Tamils in North still
have many HR issues with Indian army than lankan army, speak to the
people there then you see truth, many Tamils protested against
resolution, all they want is live as it is in peace, it is
Politicians in TN who wants dramas to use them again for Elaam.

from:  Bijja Francis
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 12:58 IST

This is a stupid mistake by us Indians .... We are not left with
allies in south Asia. So who are all against us now, China, Pakistan
for sure, Afghanistan have their own problems, Nepal, Bangladesh are
spineless, Bhutan are happy being nostalgic, Burma, highly volatile
and a dictatorship not appreciated by rest of the world, The islands
were conceded to Islamic general ... Now we have lost Srilanka. The
subcontinent has not been this vulnerable in over 350 years when the
Europeans got hold of us. Dear Tamilians, there are as many Hindus
in Pakistan who speak Punjabi, Rajasthani etc and having trouble
everyday, if India starts taking up every issue on a international
stage, our survival is next to impossible. Srilankans are our
neighbors, sit and talk things out and prosecute the guilty should
have been the way forward. Opposing on a international stage is
plain stupidity. And can DMK,AIADMK guarantee that the tamils in
SriLanka will help us keep our coast safe?

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 12:10 IST

I reckon voting on any human rights issue should be based on the case and not by political leverage that a country can achieve. Anyway, China has strong foothold in SL [read India - SL ties are already dead] & India's vote either for/ against would have made no difference..

from:  Xavier
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 11:47 IST

The Govt.'s decision seems to be marred by the pressure of DMK on the UPA rather than the UPA voting on its own judgement. This is a clear indication of a "political blackmail" which is disgusting for a Govt. accused of corruption, an obvious sign of bias for its own advantage! Agreed, the violence imparted on the Tamils was inhuman, but where is the dialogue that seeks to establish diplomacy between the 2 nations? India has lost an important neighbor, throwing away its stance of brotherhood with Sri Lanka! Congratulations China! You have won the alliance with SL at the cost of India's strategic relations!

from:  Sujith V
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 11:44 IST

India has for the first time indulged in hypocrisy. Now wait and watch one of the western countries will bring about a resolution on Kashmir and SL will vote for it much to the glee of pakistan. We have fallen into the old western trap of divide and rule again. The tamil parties have done a disservice to the nation by pressurizing the government. The Manmohan Singh government is bad for the country and will sacrifice anything for staying in power. They need to go.

from:  Mietek
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 11:33 IST

To those Indian friends who feels we lost an ally in the name of Lanka, do you really think you need war-criminals as friends? Just because someone stays next door, he can't become your friend. To all those Sri-lankans who threaten us by telling that we might not get this sort of help from you, please we don't need any racists/fascists help ever. Im sure we would'nt go to such extreme.I mean no one can. People who have really read about the Srilankan issue knows what JVC is and how LTTE started and how the sinhalese regime treated tamils way before since 60's and 70's. So this is not the right forum for you guys to hail your activities.The truth is out, so no point whinging. Just face it like a man!

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 11:11 IST

Though I am not an expert in diplomacy it for sure seems like India has lost its backyard.SL is hostile already and now may take a turn for the worse.India should rise to the occasion and not be tormented by the US or China both wolf-like savages trying to poke their noses into others affairs. this reply to SL should make it know that it shall be facing a great danger from the savages who want to exploit it and instead stay in harmony with its long time friend-INDIA

from:  Akshay
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 11:06 IST

It is correct for India to have voted in favor of the resolution. Just for the sake of maintaining friendly relations with sri lanka, the government in new delhi had shown lack of sensitivity to the concerns of the tamils in srilanka and their brethen in tamil nadu. Politics apart, morally and ethically speaking, the step is correct irrespective of the fallouts it may have if any. India can withstand the impact of the fallout if there is such a thing happening. India need not worry of the string of pearls, afterall no chinese ethnic minority is living in sri lanka. if they were there, china would have invaded srilanka leave alone censuring them.

from:  chockalingam M
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 10:49 IST

It is really irony that India voted for the resolution as the Indian Army have been violating HR in numerous occasion across NE and Kashmir. In near future India may face similar situation too.

from:  Utsav
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 10:40 IST

This is nothing but ethnic cleansing. The guilt should be punished and should be booked under Human Rights and Crime against humanity. At last India had the guts to stand-up and vote in favor of the resolution. Remember SL what goes around comes around and will pay the price for what they did to those innocent people.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 10:26 IST

Good that India voted for the resolution. However, there should have been more conviction in their stand. It's high time we started being more in control of things happening in and around our backyard, rather than waiting for the western countries to take the initiative.
The LTTE has committed atrocious crimes themselves, but to equate all tamils in Sri Lanka as terrorists and attack with scant disregard to innocent civilian life, as the Sri Lankan government did, is completely unacceptable.
Watch the documentary by Channel4 - "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" (available on youtube) to get an idea of what went on during the war period.

from:  Mathew
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 10:21 IST

To all the people srilankan supporters here,please do watch the video of the war crimes commited by srilanka and then decide whether India need a friend like that or not.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 10:16 IST

I feel that this is a good start. But still we, tamils want that srilankan tamils should get equality among all issues as like singhalese citizens as mentioned by PM in indian parliament few days back.

from:  VAIRAMUTHU
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 10:08 IST

i think its a great job by india,The Government of India to take necessary steps're human civilization, it is absolutely immense reservoir.

from:  bhupendra singh
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 10:03 IST

India deserves praise for supporting the resolution. While India may have broken ranks with other countries in the region by voting in favor of the resolution, it has sent a clear message to Sri Lanka that it needs to do much more to establish justice and accountability. This type of signal from India will have much greater impact than all the bilateral discussions that have taken place between the two countries since 2009, during which India’s demands for political reconciliation in Sri Lanka have had very little effect on the government of that country. One needs to go to Sri Lanka to see how the Tamils as well as the Sinhalese human rights activists and journalists who speak out against the government are treated; and how a climate of fear prevails even though the war officially ended three years ago.

from:  Sunita
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 09:52 IST

We should not interfere in other countries matter just because some same language speaking people are residing in other country. A few people wanted to divide Srilanka. hence, the steps taken by them was essential for the sake of their country. Similarly should happen in India, for its integrity and sovereignty it is essential to curb internal disturbances. it is unfortunate that in India people divide themselves based on language, caste and creed rather than thinking about benefit of India as a whole they are ready to make bad relations with their neighbor countries.

from:  reetu
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 09:47 IST

Overseas Tamils have pursued USA to bringforth the resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC. They are to be congratulated. India was all along reluctant to do anything against Sri Lanka because it did not want Sri Lanka to join China. The human rights violation record of those countries who voted against the resolution is well known. Most indians and their politicians do not want to take a stand on human rights issue. One who makes rightious decisions need not worry about the consequences. India can not become a leader in the world unless it stands firm on principles.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 09:44 IST

Finally an act on the part of the current Indian government which makes me feel EXTREMELY PROUD to be an Indian and of our democracy... To those who are crying hoarse that India should not have supported the resolution against Sri Lanka need to watch the documentary "The Killing Fields of Srilanka"... It was produced by Channel 4 of UK and it is available online... also in youtube...

Well done Government of India... we the people of India support this stand of yours.

from:  Upendra M Pradhan
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 09:38 IST

It is disappointing to see how coalition politics has started to dictate the matters of foreign policy as well. This is the beginning of a dangerous trend where the Central government is buckling down under the pressure of the regional parties. 2G Scam was attributed to it, a competent Railway Minister was forced to resign and now the decisions of the external affairs are being completely flipped. Not to mention the fact that none of the Asian countries voted against SL including China. The string of pearls is certainly going to get tighter around India's neck.

from:  Ashish
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 09:25 IST

Now I am proud to be an Indian.but this is not enough.Thanks for manmohan ji and Tamil political parties.let see what will happen in future.

from:  Sathish
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 09:21 IST

Whatever the merits or demerits of the resolution, one thing is for sure- it is unfortunate that Indian foreign policy is beign determined not by what is good for the country but by the desperate attempts of the INC to stay in power at any cost. We will pay dearly for this in the long run.

from:  Vaibhav
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 09:14 IST

Really a shame on the part of India to support the US backed resolution at Geneva.What will be postion of India when some resolution comes up for our activities in Kashmir.Clearly we have lost the leverage with SL and our "potentetial enemies" china and Pakistan will make advantage of this.Indian Govt has surcummed to the presure of regional parties.It is not going to pay us in the future.

from:  sathyanarayanan
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 08:56 IST

Once again the UPA government has sacrificed the strategic interests of the country for the sake of saving their government. The hue and cry done by parties in Tamil Nadu shows the deterioration of the politics in India, where politicians areready to sacrifies the national interest for the sake of their petty vote bank politics.

from:  Shekhar
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 08:53 IST

India should not have changed its foreign policies under pressure from some regional parties. New Delhi is missing the oppurtunities to play a bigger role in the region where as China would take this as advantage. New Delhi should raise its voice and help her neihgbours like Srilanka, Maldives, Nepal etc. in case of crisis situations.

from:  Binu
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 08:46 IST

Those who are shedding tears that LTTE killed more people than the SL army, please dont quantify sufferings of the people with just their numbers. Look at the inhuman treatment by the SL armed forces of the Tamil civilians who came to them for shelter. Have you ever heard of LTTE carrying trophy videos or photos of the mutilated SL army personnel? It is so disgusting to see a so-called structured Government armed force behave like a third rated rogue armed group, killing, maiming and insulting the people who surrendered. Of course we cannot expect decency from a country where a sailor cadet of the national navy assaulted a visiting Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi of India, in a Guard of honor parade and they did nothing but discharge the sailor stating mental instability. If this is the justice they can provide to an attack on a visiting Prime Minister, what kind of justice can we expect to the hapelss, innocent Tamils, except with international pressure? Well done India.

from:  J Victor
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 08:42 IST

China will oppose anything that is for human rights. they have appalling record of human right issues in their own country. Look at Tibet, Look at Mangolia, Look at northern regions of china. No one is happy and when they protest they are bruttally cracked. A democratic china would be much more useful to the world than the today's china.

from:  honga Singh
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 08:09 IST

India vote for the resolution is sadly a sign of its weakness. A sign it has lost its stand in the region, has to be a follower for its survival. This short term decision will haunt India in time to come India should ask why all its neighbours are finding it as an unreliable partner, no one can depend on. Sad day for regional cooperation.

from:  Indrajith
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 07:47 IST

The Sri Lankan rulers never provide justice and equality to tamil people. The Sri Lankan tamils need a solution on the similar lines of Isreal and Palestine problem.

from:  nixon
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 07:39 IST

At last India has joined the elite club (high accountability nations) in voting against Srilanka and giving a strong message to the world we cannot tolerate human rights violations wherever it happens (both inside or outside of INDIA).

India should not fear that their voting will help china to become close to srilanka and making our southern border vulnerable. If such a situation arises INDIA has all the ability to handle such a threat. And remember we as a big democratic country in the region should show the way.

Also India should take bold steps to intensify the Indian navy patrolling thereby giving more protection to the Indian fishermen. If needed it should be given more power to even arrest Srilankan navy officials and prosecute them in INDIA if they found firing the Indian fisherman(Lessons learned from Kerala). They cannot still give the layman excuses such as LTTE threat and use it as a freedom to fire innocent indian fisherman.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 07:39 IST

It is such a shame that India succumbed to the pressure of political parties than looking at strategic goals. That too for a USA sponsored resolution. India should have abstained from voting and forced Sri Lanka using Other methods to make them accountable for the crimes they made but instead it proved that the government is weak thanks to DMK and other parties. Last week it was Mamta Banerjee now it is Karunanidhi. Why doesn't India bring in a resolution against USA for killing innocents in Afghanistan and Iraq? What happened in Sri Lanka is wrong but this is not the way to tackle it.

from:  Amrith
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 07:35 IST

You can even call me displaced. But as a Tamil woman living in Colombo for the 18 year or so, I had no issue with the Sinhalese. In fact when my son died in Jaffna I moved to Colombo (Wellawatta area) with my daughter. Today she is a young woman holding a high position at a job in Colombo. I am happy. I cant erase my sons death and worst it was a direct result of our very own people the LTTE. During the time of the war there were check points in Colombo and I must say I was scared at times with bad meomories. Today I am free as a dove. The Sinhalese are the most hospitable people to me. I dont see any diffrence being a Tamil. In fact to me a Tamil Man living in a hut in the north and a Sinhala Man living in a shanty in Colombo as one and the same issue and that is economic hardship. Nothing else. I must appeal to my sisters and brother who are having comfortable life styles in Europe and other countries do not tarnish the image of this country.

from:  Sivalingam Ramya
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 07:19 IST

US, UK and EU (may be India) still decides the global politics, GoSL must realise this. China, Russia and Pakistan may not be able to do much. Sooner Rajapaksha brothers relises it, better it will be!

from:  krishna
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 07:08 IST

Finally.. finally .. some justice. Who would kill and slaughter an entire race in the name of anti-terrorism? India abetted SL in this salughtery. LTTE was ruthless because they were far fewer in number, against the ruthless SLA. And as a punishment for that, they were completely destroyed. But why were chemical weapons and other prohibited items deployed against the entire race of Tamils? 300,000 of them! Why would any country do that to its own people? What punishment should be given? Buddhists and Hindus! Please think and judge.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 06:55 IST

It's the timely act by the responsible law makers from Tamil Nadu and others, of course who supported this just cause from all over the India made Dr Singh to vote for it. To all readers - the N-E province of the Sri Lanka is under the barrels of the guns for 3 decades. Many fled the country and many could not escape the brutality of not only Govt forces but also the paramilitary groups. That's the truth. Please help the minority Tamils live a life with equality and dignity. God bless all the good hearts!

from:  Amitha
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 05:08 IST

Thanks India for respect the concern of the Tamilnadu and world Tamils. World Tamil who are integrating a force also with stand with you and defend our linked interest together. India have took an historic political decision in favor of the world Tamils after 25 years. Tamils will not forget this historical decision. Malaysia also stopped supporting Sri Lanka because of the pressure of the Malaysian Tamils. In south Asia it is better for India to have the bird in hand then loosing the bird in the Chinese Blushers. So far India is losing friends to win the enemies.

from:  V.I.S.Jayapalan poet and Actor
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 04:07 IST

This will be taken as a cue for the middle east nations to press for a resolution against the US and NATO for waging war on false pretext in IRAQ at the cost of the rest of the world (high oil prices benefitting American Oil Marketing Companies) and against the UN mandate. This also exposes the double standards of the US & UK administrations, their resorting to kidnapping and torture - committed in the name of war against terror as long as the violations happened outside the territory of USA and UK (sic. civilised world). After all, when UN and its important bodies (World Bank, IMF, Security Council) do not follow the dictates of monstrous war-machinery based economies of US and UK, they are simply ignored and the rest of the world comes out with a whimper and a damp squib. It is time the West paid for their own mistakes rather than spread it around on the rest of the world playing the righteous heroes to distract when their own house needs cleaning.

from:  R N Iyengar
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 02:58 IST

It is sad state of affairs that Indian government had to be pressurised by Tamil Nadu politicians to vote in favour of the UNHCR resolution on investigating Sri Lankan war crimes. Had the former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanithi, warned the coalition government in no uncertain terms in 2008-09 period that he would withdraw all his MPs from the coalition, if India did
not to stop the killings of Tamils, we will not be here discussing this having lost thousands and thousands of Tamils to the Sinhalese armed forces. To be a world leader a country does not have to be large in size, but it needs to be seen to provide leadership and act decisively in times of crisis, especially when it is in your backyard, India failed in her duty miserably due to egocentric civil servants, the likes of MK Narayanan and Shiv Shankar Menon. Both these men shuttled between Colombo and Delhi when the war was on, they certainly must have known the score.

from:  rakavan
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 02:17 IST

India's vote and intent should have come on day one. Now it appears as if it was the DMK, AIDMK who twisted the PM's arm. India should lead from the front in Asia and that is what the Tamils want. Tamils need justice to be done, a life with equality in Sri Lanka. India should be firm and not worry about China's or Pakistan's influence in Sri Lanka. India needs to hold India together first and lead. This is an opportunity to stand out and right the wrong. Jai Hind...

from:  Sri
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 02:03 IST

India must have strong foreign policy. For that Indian leaders should be strong in their views and agenda. For good and intellectual leaders, people need to choose these leaders carefully. And the thinking comes from education and love for the motherland. So I think we all know what we lack! I guess it's good idea to analyse the root of the problem, it always helps!

from:  Amardeep
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 01:50 IST

India was offered a permanent seat on the council 55 years ago, in 1955. But that offer, made by the United States and the Soviet Union, was declined by India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru said the seat should be given to China instead."

from:  Naresh
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 01:28 IST

Good news that Sri Lanka is forced to investrigate and punish the people responsible for committing crime during the ruthless war, though it was imposed upon by the North/East racist Tamils. However, it is more important to investigate and punish the Tamils lives in India, Europe and USA who morally and financially supported LTTE for killing of inocent Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese, who were not at all involved in the war or conflict, at their places of works and worships. Because it is with Tamil diaspora's money the LTTE bought the weapons and killed these innocent civilians.

from:  Renin
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 01:20 IST

US sponsored resolution would empower US to get into Sri Lanka. This is the first step
to get further east in to South Asia from Afghanistan.

Voice of America had its base in Sri Lanka, and send its sermons to whole of south Asia
in 50's and 60's. US could easily have shared its wealth with impoverished democracies,
in the region. It chose to invest in communist China, and relied on Pakistani dictators,
to get rid of Soviet influence.

US wants to curtail the Chinese influence in the region, using human rights abuse as an
excuse.

We now have a weak, corrupt spineless government that mortgages national interests
to appease local leaders.

We ditched Bangladesh to appease moody Mamata Banerjee, and Sri Lanka to please
Karunanidhi. Tamils settled in Sri Lanka will have to face the repercussions of
this action and India has lost what ever little respect it had in Sri Lanka.

We voted against China, Russia, (part of BRIC community of nations), and Bangladesh
(our closest ally

from:  Dr RKRAO REBBAPRAGADA
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 01:11 IST

Tamilians can't coexist with any of its neighbours whether it is
Andhra, Karnataka , Kerala or Sri lanka. They are a petty minded
people because of which today India is Isolated in south Asia. You
have no business in interfering in other countries affairs. LTTE was
one of the most brutal terror outfit in the world and that too for
very selfish reason. Where ever they go they want to create their own
country as though the property belonged to their father. Although I am
an Indian, but I think first and foremost Sri Lanka should stop
issuing visa on arrival for Indians as a protest.

from:  Raj Kiran
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 01:05 IST

LTTE massacred Sinhalese villages and killed Tamils too over 30 years. Americans killed millions of Iraq, afghan, Vietnam & so on..
Who backed this resolution? Those cruel evil forces..isn't it?
Still poor Tamils in Sri Lanka live hard, but nobody of Tamil Diaspora
wants to help them financially...but they fund for weapons if the youth of poor families fight against SL army & kill Sinhalese. This is a game of Tamil’s upper class to grab the power to rule a Tamil land.
America & Tamil Diaspora will use this moment to reach their political ambitions. If Sri Lankan gov is intelligent enough to reconsolidate a powerful one nation including all races, these bloodthirsty fake humanists won't be ever able to create their play lands in Sri Lanka.
America landed his first foot in indian ocean successfully. where their foot print you sooner will see a hell.

from:  tharanga ranhoti
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:49 IST

I think some people here are interpreting India's vote as some sort of support for LTTE or what LTTE did.

While it is easy to draw simplistic conclusions, Indians abhor LTTE more than anyone else. We feel double-crossed by both LTTE and Srilankan Govt, due to which we lost Rajiv Gandhi.
Indians are proud that we have supported a resolution for fairness in human rights in Srilanka. Killing Prabhakaran's young kid with five bullets then taking a photo as a trophy is not exactly the things we expect from Srilankans.
If this vote leads to self-apologetic conclusions like China somehow scoring some brownie points, so be it. China has been investing in Srilanka(like everywhere else) and this would not have made any difference.
If Srilankans suddenly realize that India has stopped being a nice neighbor, it is a mistake. Indian landmass will remain to the north of Srilanka and we will remain as a good neighbor. Beyond that, Srilanka is a sovereign nation and can choose whatever they want to.

from:  Gautham
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:49 IST

Well done, India -- the price we will have to pay in near future is
nothing but the separation of Tamilnadu as an independent state. We will
be able to enjoy the luxury of a separatist war like in SL very soon.
Then our big ally will be with TN people, not with us!

from:  I. Chandran
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:44 IST

I must say that, the actions of India are disappointing. How many nations, can speak
of a friendship of thousands of years? Where was that friendship today? Shame!!!!

O and on Kumars comment. He should detail, how those riots happened incl the
famous Tamil leaderships public attack of the Sinhalese with full use of profane
words. Which lead to the first riots.

from:  Rick
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:36 IST

This is a dark day for India. we have interfered in another countries
affairs to pacify that LTTE and Tamil criminals and now don't blame the
world for putting pressure on India for human rights abuse in Kashmir
and north east.

from:  Aslam
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:32 IST

i live in kashmir,i dont know these allegations are true or not but i know thats what exactly indian army doing here,we civillians suffer enormously and i wonder why our government supported against srilanka while they are doing same thing here,our leaders only take decisions for their sake and they hardly know diplomacy.

from:  shaffath
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:11 IST

The resolution delights all who support human rights and oppose state sponsored pogroms. While legal wordplay matters, in international politics the spirit behind the resolution and the clout of the sponsors are paramount determinants. Hopefully, Colombo comes clean with the past and share power with the Tamils --- leading to internal reconciliation and global approval. Otherwise, a long and bitter struggle lies ahead --- Bosnia, Kosovo, Timor and South Sudan serving as templates. Many brave journalists and human rights activists, Sinhalese, Tamil and international, made this success possible. Two extraordinary women deserve special mention: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha and US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton.

from:  Thiru. V. Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:11 IST

Hope Srilanka will act swiftly and make it's own investigation within three years and come out with the true facts of the war.I think India's influence over Srilanka is very important for the well-being of the Srilankan tamils, butIndia has jeopardized it's hold on srilanka by voting in favour of the resolution.

from:  Asokan suppiah
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:03 IST

That one tragic picture of the young son of Prabhkaran, lying dead with bullet holes on his chest is sufficient to prove the cruelty of the Srilankan Army inflicted on the innocent tamils in that island. No doubt civil war brings with it ravages but to kill innocents with a revenge is barbaric and deserves full condemnation.

from:  T.Sathyamurthi
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 23:44 IST

Human rights violation is not a local issue. If SL govt has nothing to hide, there is nothing scary about a internal report. When we could vote with the US on Iran and not worry about China and the free oil we could have had, what is the huge loss in opposing SL? India has done enough to prove it's friendship with SL. We sent IPKF despite knowledge that Jayawardane tricked us into it, we armed the SL police and army in the name of reconstruction, we even covertly helped SL win against Prabakaran. It's time SL proves that it is not anti-India. SL can benefit hugely by getting relations normalized with Tamils internally, both in terms of internal prosperity and cooperation with India.

from:  BGK
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 23:40 IST

My congrats and love to India.You were able to bring justice to the SL Tamil ethnic minority.Also take the killers who killed thousands of innocent civilians in the north during the civil war.Please keep the pressure on finishing this job while supporting the UN.

from:  D.J.S.De Mel
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 23:35 IST

Today to India does justice to the decades of fight by Tamil people in Srilanka for fundamental rights, human rights and right to a dignified meaningful life....Of course their way of fight under LTTE was wrong but we by supporting this resolution have shown our solidarity with their cause and this makes and gives their struggle a definite meaning, notwithstanding the outcomes in future..Kudos for bravity,kudos for India...

from:  NISHANT KUMAR
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:46 IST

I m a sri lankan . My race is Sinhala. I m 34 yrs old and 30yrars of my life is with war. My son is born to a war free country but today a new war begun. I ve to tell you 2 things. 1 know killings of LTTE. I myself was sleeping in joungles with my little brother and sister to get away from LTTE. I know the hardship that sri lankan tamils faced during LTTE period. Majority of Tamils live with sihnaleese in sinhala majority areas. Pls come to Sri lanka and look for yourself. our big brother - india did a big mistake today. A big mistake.

from:  saman
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:46 IST

india made right decision to vote against sri lanka uminity should get priority but what about USA who will take stand agaist them for their war crimes in IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN

from:  Ambrish
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:33 IST

I am surprised India voted for UN resolution boldly as many times India remained neutral in decisive moments. India is concerned with the care of thamils in Srilanka so it has voted for the resolution.It is a good decision&India need not worry about srilanka.

from:  Dr.SubhashDabir
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:32 IST

The resolution by US offers some kind of hope for those affected during the last phase of the civil war by both the military and the terrorist org.The LTTE never hesitated to use civilians as hostages or as shield in its armed conflict against a chauvinistic state that treats its own citizens as dirt. Since the SL gov. took a long time after ending the conflict to set the preconditions for reconciliation to occur, the recommendations in LLRC is yet to start even as questions regarding its impartiality and independence has already began to emerge.Instead of rattling against India for voting for the resolution, the SL gov.should try to initiate genuine measures to end state violence in all its forms against its own people.The first step is to initiate a reparation program for the victims in the form of resettlement and rehabilitation,judicial accountability,witness protection program,reforms in detention policies,land,media,civil institutions & devolution of power to provinces.

from:  vyjayanthi
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:24 IST

@V.K Abdulla, if only you could find where are those missing 40,000 pundits in the Valley you had better known the answer. How about swapping the constitutional validity of a law which permits me to buy a land in J&K and you can't in the north-eastern province of Sri Lanka?

from:  GK
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:19 IST

This is a great decision by voting for resolution India has made clear that its caring for Human Rights and can't be buoyed by chinese threat. India has no reason to fear of china Since India is a great nation with largest democracy .India has taken the right side on the History.

from:  observer
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:19 IST

Indian should lead the resolution against SriLanka eventhough it was tabled by US. Inspite of lot videos, Indian Govt fails to take a stand correctly and with lot of pressure India changed the stand. Political will power is missing! How India wil become world power? Krishna speaks some thing and PM briefs otherway...

from:  Srinivasan.S
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 22:12 IST

As long as India tries to please every one - which is impossible, every neighbor will only attack her. Stand up for the values and support what we believe. The atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government over the last 2 decades is unforgivable. The 2009 is the peak, in front of cameras and news crews. As mentioned in the above comment, all of India's neighbors are with Pakistan or China. Failure of diplomacy and vision.

from:  pandi
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:51 IST

M. Boothalingam- We cannot lose what we never had. Sri Lanka is currently a major importer of Chinese arms. They gave the Chinese permission to build a naval base much before this resolution. they have never once spoken out against Pakistan on our behalf. So your fears are meaningless. Once again, sovereignty is no excuse for illegal actions. There are some matters that have to be decided by the host country as per its own laws and norms true but they don't include killing and targeting otherwise people of a particular community with clear malicious intentions, whatever the Chinese and the Sri lankans may say.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:50 IST

I request the editor to delete or at least modify the comment by haris. His comment about toilet facilities is irrelevant and incendiary, bordering on abusive. His Kallathonies remark is totally abusive and personal. I object to the entire comment as irrelevant, abusive and lacking basis.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:43 IST

Yes, India made the right move by voting against the Sri Lanka government for their violation of human rights during the civil war...however let's not forget the violation of human rights in the North Eastern part of India by the Indian Government, using the draconian Arm Forces Special Power Act, 1958. Where the Indian Army is given the power to shoot anybody whomever they suspect without even asking for proof, without warrant.... I think that's Violation of Human rights. Thus India doesn't have the right to put up a decorated face in front of the world when the country itself is involving in a biggest human right violation to its own citizens.

from:  Bijoy
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:42 IST

I am a Sri Lankan who has suffered from terrorism since the day I was born and all my friends are Tamils proud to say that we have never had issues. During the period of war and since the triggering of terrorism when we stepped out of the house no one guaranteed us of returning back as a full person as we were terrorized from every aspect of our human lives but unfortunately nobody raised a voice about those brutal ruthless killings that was done by the LTTE.where were the Human Rights Activists when we were tortured now its the time to look for a better future and for the information of anti Sinhalese I would like to say that we are a wonderful people and we do not seek vengeance.

from:  Chiranthi
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:39 IST

Waqas Qadri - If the Indian govt and Army followed the Sri Lankans' path, the Hurriyat of Kashmir, the Naxals and the NE separatists would exist in people's memories only by now. It is because our govt and Army maintain a legal, human and professional standard that all these separatists continue to operate with near impunity.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:38 IST

Sri Lanka suffered 30 years from the Ltte terrorism.Now Sri Lanka a is safe place.People in Sri Lanka can live without fear & also the most of Indian + tamilnadu politicians can live without the fear of being killed by the LTTE.

from:  Chinthaka
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:36 IST

India is the only Asian member at the UNHRC to vote supporting the UN resolution. Changing tides? - I don't think so. Fact is that other countries, if they were to vote otherwise, would be caught in a trap with respect to their own domestic situation. Saudi Arabia is a clear case in point.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:23 IST

India is neither naive nor played it to its domestic politics. The Indian south block is well aware of the implication of voting against Lanka. For sometime Lanka is playing the china card to dither India from going serious over the results promised over Srilanka constitution amendments and the reconciliation with the tamil parties as promised by Rajapakshe govt after the war victory.It is necessary from Indian side to show that India can play hard ball and its relation with china/pakistan cannot dither India forever from its obligation.For all who are worried about external relations must worry about the internal factors of India too.The Tamil issue might be a trump card for Political parties during election but most of the tamil do feel a closeness with the Island Tamil(Not tamil tigers, as the parties that took the cause of tamil tigers didnt fare well in the national/state elections)

from:  Sivakumar
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:21 IST

Gash! Glad that India has agreed finally(!!) to catch the bull by its tail having let gone all the opportunities in the past to catch it by its horns. India and Indian politicians have failed tremendously over a period of 3 decades to a) Understand the issue b) Have a clear vision c) propose a solution d) have the courage to lead and implement it.

from:  Krishnan iyer
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:17 IST

Now I am starting to believe that there is a world court that will
bring crimes, such as Sri Lanka did, to justice.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 21:09 IST

The credit for India voting for the resolutions goes to our Tamil brethens in TN! Thank you, if India moves wisely forward it will always have a trusted friends, the tamils in SL

from:  Sathyam
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:59 IST

India's stand is laudable.When innocent persons die, any Government should raise voice &from this point of view our Government is correct. I have observed innocent fishermen are victimized.Every time if we feel Sri Lanka will feel bad, Pakistan will feel bad then then poor fishermen will suffer. If we are united as Indians no one can harm us. But our basic problem is that ugly face of parochial feeling across the country has been raising its head. So my humble suggestion is that irrespective of any regional biased all Indians should raise voice against misdeeds of other countries if any Indian is sufferer.

from:  Dr Shankar Chatterjee
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:55 IST

Good India supported the resolution. Let me ask to those who are advocating against the support. If you see some one is mauled by rowdies, will you go to help the poor chap or not? If you are the one who step back thinkinging what will my neighbour think, then you are not civilized human. There are many imposters making comments here as if they are Ceylon Tamilians.Why are Sinhalese fearing the resolution if they are innocent?

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:52 IST

India should also ensure the solution to the victims along with accountablity.

from:  DAVID
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:48 IST

.. "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. "

This will clearly indicate the dubious act of India though the findings are by a commission initiated by Lanka itself. So how can you expect Lanka to accept its own follies and atrocities on innocent Tamils in Lanka?

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:38 IST

It is really shameful,for regional parties local votebank is important rather than country future. Mamata done it in bengal for water sharing with Bangladesh and now it is with Sri Lanka. In future India may run out of friends.

from:  Ragh
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:36 IST

It's well known that Sri Lankan Tamils (anti-Tamil riots) were attacked in 1957,1958,1963,1977 and July 1983. President Jayawardene gave a press interview to UK's Daily Telegraph immediately after the anti-Tamil riots: This is what he said in July 83:"I am not worried about Jaffna people,we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion...the more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people here...Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy". President DB Wijetunga said in 1993:"Minorities are like creepers clinging to Sinhala tree". With these kind of statements how a minority community lives in harmony with the majority. Tamils needs a devolved seperate state to live in peace and with dignity.Relieved now the world comes to realise what Tamils are enduring in that island nation.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:36 IST

Actually this news has to read like this; "8 spineless countries
have abstained from voting while 15 countries that don't respect
civilian rights and human values have voted against the resolution
literally closing their eyes 2009". Let us not use softer language
on those who do not respect fellow humans.

from:  Pereira
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:28 IST

The voting by India in UN against Sri Lanka is a complete failure of
Indian diplomacy and foriegn policy.China has voted against the UN
resolution of alleged Human rights violations.India has thousands
years of friendship relations with Sri Lanka.We should have put
pressure on sri lanka to resolve the tamil issue in sri lanka rather
than voting in favour of resolution..We are a regional power.China
will come closer to sri lanka which will cost in future to
India.Indian domestic politics has affected our forein policy and we
have to change our instance against an old friend which is very sad.

from:  Mohit Kumar Shukla
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:24 IST

Sri Lanka has not done anything worse than our security forces in J&K. We as a country has taken the issue of terrorism to international level. Therefore, in the fitness of things atleast we should not have participated in voting. Moreeover, our support to the resolution is for the wrong reason. The UPA wants to be in power. In short, we have followed a double standard in this matter.

from:  V.K. Abdulla
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:20 IST

At last the international community has moved a step closer to achieving
justice for sri lankan tamils. Shame on Sri Lanka on killing and maiming
so many people just because they belonged to the other community.
Principles of natural justice and respect for human life should be
strictly followed by each and every country

from:  Chinmay
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:18 IST

Voting against Srilanka is a good and daring step.Though there was initial dithering on the part of our Government,it finally decided to go with the majority of the members in the UNHRC.The DMK party resorted to arm twisting and political black mailing but it has done so for a good cause with good intentions.By the by,there is a lot to be desired on our part to improve human rights situation here.

from:  M SOMASEKHAR PRASAD
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:10 IST

It's a national shame that India had to take a decision against our neighbour because of the polical influences. India's enimies(especially China) will take advantage of the current situation. India had to change it's foreign policy because of a political party in Tamil Nadu. It's really painful that they care about tamils in Srilanka than people in India.

from:  Ajmal
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:08 IST

As a Tamil woman living in Colombo for the last 18 years ( I had to abondon my home in Jaffna after my son was killed) with my daughter,
As I see it a tamil man living in a hut in the north and a Sinhala man in a shanty in Colombo has one issue to face only and that is poverty and economic hardship. As a Tamilian except at check points (thats during the war) I never had any issue with the south. Even today my daughter does a high profile job in Colombo. I go to Kovil daily. I think my brothers and sisters living in comfort in europe
must look at it in a constructive manner

from:  Sivalingam Ramya
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:05 IST

india needs to do the same for their country, the indian government is
just as easily to blame for atrocities they committed on innocent
minority groups countless times.

from:  Waqas Qadri
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:05 IST

What happens next? How will the UN keep track if SL is moving fwd in the right direction?

from:  Arvindiway
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 20:02 IST

What a bunch of hypocrites. Where were all these bleeding hearts when monks, children, and women were slaughtered by the LTTE which was the handiwork of India. What goes around comes around too. As the Westerners say, Indians know how to preach. First provide adequate toilet facilities to all Indians. The Kallathonies who swam to SL are back on your shores now. They are yours to keep.

from:  haris
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:59 IST

Generally China always wants to stand opposite in all issues !, too
proud.
Both side suffered because of war, and I am sure, both side wont agree
with the violation.

Preaching Buddhism and practicing Buddhism is different. Buddhism is for
Non-violence, from heart, thinking and behaviour.

from:  ANKUPU
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:59 IST

India should not have voted against Sri Lanka along with US as what ever thet have done is against terrorism and in a similar way America is violating human rights all over the world.Will anybody move against US for their war crimes in Iraq/Afganistan?Sri Lanka has done what we are doing in Kashmir.LTTE was going for a separate nation and in that process they have even killed Rajiv Gandhi.Any act of violence should not be tolerated,otherwise it will affect the integrity of the country.So I support Sri Lanka in this case and India has done a wrong thing by doing this to alienate one more neighbour.

from:  Anas T M
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:30 IST

Srilankan government is trying to defend the indefensible. The seige mentality is clearly evident from the verbal outburst, insular attitude and whipping up of parochial nationalism. Ethnic Cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity are no more internal matters of a country. World bodies have a responsibility towards such violations.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:27 IST

India has become a role model for confusion. It has no clear strategy on what it is doing either in domestic or in international politics.
It has voted for the resolution only to please the allies of the ruling party and not out of conviction. Half hearted efforts are NOT going to benefit Srilankan tamils..

from:  chandrasekaran N
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:25 IST

Congratulations! 

A rat who killed its own fleas has been cornered  by the police as usual.

But when are they going to pass the resolution to promote accountability by the large
predators who continue to ravage the whole jungle; the NATO countries?

They say it's all about promoting justice in the world. But where is the fundemental
principle of justice; "the uniform application of the law"?

Selective application of the law is an agenda, not justice...

from:  Chaaminda
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:24 IST

The Sec. General's panel on accountability in SL is of the opinion that though the LLRC's as an internal mechanism has scope to set in motion the process of reconciliation it fails to talk about the concrete plans to implement its recomm. because it then has to address the issues of accountability which it clearly evades as the commission doesn't have the wherewithal or will to investigate independently in an unbiased manner the abuses perpetrated by both the gov.& the militant org. in violation of the Inter.Humanitarian and H.R Laws which are applicable in any armed civil conflicts.Under inter.law accountability invokes the Right to the truth,to justice,to reparations,guarantees of non-recurrence,restoring the dignity and rights of the victims.The US u.sec of state for civilian sec Maria Otero's statement at the UNHRC session '..there can be no lasting peace without reconciliation & accountability...action now at the council will sow the seeds of peace on the ground..'is valid.

from:  vyjayanthi
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:23 IST

Brave decision, indeed. Given the devils's charm China is using to woo
India's neighbors, it indeed must have been a tough call for New Delhi.
It was important that India votes for the resolution for two reasons-
first, because no amount of talk can take away the blood on the hands of
both the parties involved in the latest Lankan civil war and it was time
that the perpetrators are put in the dock. Also as an emerging leader
India cannot afford to turn a blind eye.

from:  Sahir
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:23 IST

This is the best way to keep China outside Indian Ocean and not to build base in Sri Lanka.

Good Job US and India

from:  Sebastian
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:07 IST

India made the right decision by supporting the resolution. We should
raise our concern where ever there is a human rights violation. There
is nothing called domestic or national issues as Srilankan government
advocates. Love for humanity and love for truth should stand above all
...

from:  satheesh Ganapathi
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:02 IST

Will Sri Lanka(SL) give justice to the slain Tamil women and children and also the white flag surrendees? Will UNHRC and USA pursue the resolution right through to the end? Knowing Sri Lankans they will not implement unless the International Community persevered.
India was a last minute supporter for the resolution so can't relie on them to press SL.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:53 IST

I am sorry for what our country did at Geneva. We lost a leverage with Sri Lankan Government by voting against it. We should have engaged them in dialogue on the issues of fishermen's safety and givingr or sharing power with Tamils. Now we lost this advantage as people of Sri Lanka won't agree to India's requests and may term it as interfering in internal affairs. We have pushed them to the arms of Pakistan and China.China would use this to open its military base to control Indian Ocean. The irony of voting against Sri Lanka is that India has banned LTTE but supporting it in international forums. LTTE killed more Tamils than Sri Lankan Army during the last twenty years. USA is committing war crimes every day in Afghanistan and in other parts of the world and we have accepted it.Our government is so weak, it is not able to hang the killers of our own Leader and giving them all first class facilities in the Prison. What a shame!!

from:  M. Boothalingam
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:52 IST

Not very often do I feel proud of the stand taken by the Indian Govt, but this is particularly change for the better. We have finally stood up for humanity and the deprived Tamil people of SL. LTTE is no good organisation, but a democratic government should know better. The plight of the civilians during the last few months was just appalling and it was painful when India did nothing to help the wounded, malnourished, the old, women and the children. This is definitely a change for the better.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:47 IST

Thank you very much India for letting us down. Remember when your time
comes no body will stand for you!!!

from:  Anoj Thabrew
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:43 IST

UN Resolution is NOT Going to change Ground Reality..even by 1% .it is
for Publicity for Tamil Diaspora ....

from:  rajdeep
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:18 IST

The key words in the resolution are "both sides". Wonder if India got that inserted to appease all parties.

from:  Chander
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:15 IST

Thanks to Manmohan ji

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:14 IST

China voted against the resolution !!

from:  Abhi
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 18:06 IST

India seems to have lost the plot. It looks like India has very little influence over Sri Lanka and here was an excellent opportunity to take a leadership role but now has to rely on UN to sort out issues in its own backyard. I can see China rubbing its hands to get more active in Sri Lanka and will slowly get into India's skin. Not a single neighbour can be called an ally to India........shame on Indian diplomacy. The current government is busy doing two things first promoting corruption and second fighting to last the full term.....where is time for policy making? I feel sorry for TN fisherman as center is completely left them to hang dry......cant believe Sri Lanka can bully us !!!

from:  Chandra R
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 17:57 IST

This is not enough. There must be an independent international inquiry into the war crimes committed. And a political solution must be brought about.

from:  Eric Selvaraj
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 17:47 IST

India is the only Asian member at the UNHRC to vote supporting the UN resolution. Changing tides?

from:  Bijo Francis
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 17:40 IST

This is a masterstroke to make the culprits accountable. I really hope that Sri Lanka is not left off the hook. The perpetrators of utterly disgusting and absolutely nauseating violence, murder and atrocity on other fellow human beings must be punished.

from:  Kav Kanag
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 17:34 IST

Finally india has opened its eyes. Tamils should keep a vigil on this.

from:  Durai
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 17:21 IST

Countries that voted against the resolution also stressed the Sri Lankan regime to respect rule of law, accountability process, transparency, R2P, respect humanity and minorities and deliver impartial justice. Tamil Diaspora will inform the international community on the developments and ground situation in Sri Lanka. No one has confidence that those who committed crimes against humanity will bring meaningful changes to respect minorities, NGOs, Human Rights Groups and rule of Law.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 16:56 IST
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