Tamil Row: UN countries which voted against & for Sri Lanka

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Geneva, March 21: After the apparent failure of the previous year's vote, the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) once again met in Geneva on Thursday, March 21 and cast their votes on the US moved resolution on Sri Lanka for the second time.

While 25 out of 47 countries including India vote in favour of the resolution to pressurise Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes during the last stage of its military action against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), 13 countries vote against the resolution supporting Sri Lanka. 8 countries, however, refrained themselves from casting the vote.

"India votes for Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in SriLanka @UNHRC," said India's external affairs spokesperson on Twitter. Pakistan was among the 13 countries that voted against the resolution.

India's envoy Dilip Sinha, in a strongly worded statement, said, "We note with concern the inadequate progress by Sri Lanka in fulfilling its commitment to this Council in 2009. Further, we call on Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and building upon it."

Meanwhile,expressing 'surprise' over India supporting a 'weak' and 'diluted' US resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC, former UPA ally DMK said New Delhi had by its action "totally disappointed" the entire Tamil diaspora.

DMK Parliamentary Party Leader TR Baalu said that they had wanted India to propose amendments in order to declare that Sri Lanka had committed "genocide, human rights violations and war crimes".

"We (also) wanted to have amendments for independent, credible, international inquiry into war crimes and human rights violations committed by Sri Lanka. But to our surprise, government of India has simply supported a diluted and a weak resolution," he said.

Here is the complete list of countries which cast vote against and for Sri Lanka:

Names of Countries Vote against SL Vote for SL Refrain from Voting
Angola * * 1
Argentina 1 * *
Austria 1 * *
Benin 1 * *
Brazil 1 * *
Botswana * * 1
Burkina Faso * * 1
Costa Rica 1 * *
Chile 1 * *
Congo * 1 *
C'zech Republic 1 * *
Ivory Coast 1 * *
Ecuador * 1 *
Estonia 1 * *
Ethopia * * 1
Gabon * * *
Germany 1 * *
Guatemala 1 * *
India 1 * *
Indonesia * 1 *
Irealand 1 * *
Italy 1 * *
japan * * 1
Kazakistan * * 1
Kenya * * 1
Kuwait * 1 *
Libya 1 * *
Malaysia * * 1
Maldives * 1 *
Mountania * 1 *
Montenegro 1 * *
Pakistan * 1 *
Peru 1 * *
Philippines * 1 *
poland 1 * *
Qatar * 1 *
Republic of Korea 1 * *
Republic of Maldova 1 * *
Romania 1 * *
Sierna Leone 1 * *
Spain 1 * *
Switzerland 1 * *
Thailand * 1 *
Uganda * 1 *
UAE * 1 *
USA 1 * *
Venezuela * 1 *
Total 25 13 8

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