The European Union has decided to give its support to the resolution submitted by America against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council sessions which will commence at the end of Feb in Geneva. The decision of the European Union was confirmed by diplomatic circles.
The UN’s Human Rights Council’s 22nd sessions will commence on 25th Feb, and will conclude on 22nd March, and a resolution is expected to be submitted by America against Sri Lanka during this session.
British External Affairs Minister Alistair Burt on conclusion of his Sri Lanka tour indicated that Britain too will support the resolution sponsored by America. Though Britain lost its voting rights at the UN Human Rights Council, it has a strong voice within the European Union.
20 of the 27 countries of European Union have taken the stance of supporting the resolution against Sri Lanka, and nine European Union countries eligible to vote at the UN Human Rights Council, have decided to support and vote on the resolution against Sri Lanka.
The nine countries eligible to vote at the UN Human Rights Council, are Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain.
China, Russia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Jordan, Saudi Arabia supported Sri Lanka by voting against the resolution brought by America last year, but have lost their right to vote at the UN Human Rights Assembly in 2013.