Private sector peeps in the streets. Photo by Geeshan Bandara
Seriously, just read it. It does not proscribe a war crimes investigation or sanctions, it just gives the government a homework assignment (reconcile better) and says Pillai will report on you later. Which is douchey, but not what it’s made out to be.
Actually, it makes me rather unhappy reading it again. I’ll have to write more later.
Did I support the UN Resolution? No, I think it’s unhelpful and it actually got people protesting FOR the government at a time of economic unrest. What it does is entrench the bias that Sri Lanka ending the war is bad and continues the vengeful calls for a pound of flesh.
Now Eelamists can say that the UN condemned SL (it indirectly does, but as much as they say) and the GoSL can say the same thing and the old stupid fault lines are reopened. In this case I call them fault lines because they’re faulty. The environment of acrimony and blame is unproductive, to see the least.
The most serious kicker in the resolution is that the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Pillai I think) is authorized to provide another report, and they’re already pretty biased. Honestly, it’s like the international community is giving Sri Lanka homework where the answer is actually wrong. It’s not cool.
Anyways, read the resolution. It’s like one page, yet surprisingly hefty for whacking people over the head with.