Sri Lanka said it hoped India will vote for it in the upcoming UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. Sri Lankan Minister for Public Administration W.D.J. Seneviratne told reporters in India that there had been “a remarkable improvement in the human rights situation” in his country.The minister spoke after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ended a two-day pilgrimage tour of India.
“Today citizens in (the northern and eastern) provinces can freely approach the civil administration to sort out their issues,” he said, referring to the former war zone.The minister said bonds between India and Sri Lanka were growing from strength to strength”.
India had voted for a US-sponsored resolution last year that pulled up Colombo on issues related to human rights and the re-settlement of Tamils displaced by the military conflict.
Meanwhile Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday (8) blamed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the watered down US resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka last year.
Replying to a debate in the assembly, she said, Last year the US brought a strong resolution against Sri Lanka. The Indian government voted in favour of the resolution at my continued insistence.
She said while the Sri Lankan government did not take any action even on the “watered down resolution, there is information that the US is bringing another resolution” against the island nation this year.
In the interests of Sri Lankan Tamils, the Indian government, based on the resolution passed by state assembly, should table a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN and get it passed, Jayalalithaa added.