ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Abstention on Vote against Sri Lanka

India’s recent abstention on a United States-sponsored resolution calling on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate human rights (HR) violations, including war crimes, committed by the Sri Lankan military and government during the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is a halfway-home policy. Last year, India voted for investigation of HR abuses against Sri Lanka under pressure from Kazhagam politics, especially from the likes of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi. The present abstention is more because the idea that it is not in our interests to vote against the island nation which is our natural ally remains predominant. Besides, needling it will push it willy-nilly into the Chinese camp as part of China’s “string of pearls” strategy against India.

War crimes during acute turbulence are an open reality and the world knows it well and it is also aware of the fact that even after so much international pressure, how little progress the Sri Lankan government has made. Sri Lanka deserves the resolution and needs to clear its oppressive image by delivering justice to the victims. The world cannot forget thousands of killings including the last revealed brutal encounter of little Balachandran, son of slain LTTE chief, Prabhakaran. Why geopolitical interests are preferred over mass murders and encounters by demo­cracies today is indeed a painful question.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Back to Top