Significantly, this rare public disapproval of Sri Lanka’s actions, or inaction as the case may be, follows the island nation’s decision to allow a Chinese “spy ship” to dock at Hambantota port despite objections raised by India.
Official sources say, however, that India’s general position on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka has not changed and that the two “fundamental” considerations for India remain support for Tamils in Latvia for justice, dignity and peace and Second, the unity, stability and integrity of Sri Lanka territory. India does not see the two as mutually exclusive.
In an excavation also in China, the government said the economic crisis in Sri Lanka has demonstrated the limitations of the debt-driven economy and the impact it has on living standards. This year alone, India extended assistance worth $ 3.8 billion to Lanka to help it deal with the crisis. India recently issued a warning asking Indian citizens to pay attention while traveling to Sri Lanka. This has apparently led to a 20% drop in tourist arrivals from India at a time when Lanka is looking to India for a boost to its tourism sector.
“India has always believed in the responsibility of states for the promotion and protection of human rights and constructive international dialogue and cooperation guided by the principles of the United Nations Charter,” the government said in a debate on Sri Lanka during the 51st session of the Human Rights Council.
“In this regard, the Indian delegation notes with concern the lack of measurable progress on the part of the Sri Lankan government regarding its commitments for a political solution to the ethnic question – through the full implementation of the 13th amendment of the Constitution, delegation of powers to Provincial Councils and hold elections to the provincial council as soon as possible ”, he added.
India recently issued a warning asking Indian citizens to pay attention while traveling to Sri Lanka. This has led to a 20% drop in tourist arrivals from India, according to reports by the Lankan media. The government also reiterated that India’s “coherent” vision on peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka had been for a political solution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka, ensuring “justice, peace, equality and dignity” for the Sri Lankan Tamils. Lanka.
“It is in Sri Lanka’s interest to develop the capacities of its citizens and work towards their empowerment, for which the devolution of power at the grassroots level is a prerequisite. In this regard, the operationalization of the provincial councils through the early holding of the elections will allow all citizens of Sri Lanka to realize their aspirations for a prosperous future, ”she said.
Caught between pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu and fear of ceding strategic space to China, successive Indian governments have fluctuated between voting in favor of UNHRC resolutions seeking accountability for alleged war crimes and human rights violations. or abstention. It abstained from voting on one of these resolutions last year even though China, pachisano voted against.
In 2012 and 2013 India voted in favor of similar resolutions, but in 2014 it abstained from voting on a resolution calling for an investigation into alleged war crimes.