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‘Tamils ​​Betrayed’, ‘Strategic Move’: Mixed Reactions After India Abstains From Voting on Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Record | India News

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NEW DELHI. India on Tuesday abstained from voting in the United Nations Human Rights Council on a resolution entitled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.” The resolution sought to determine responsibility for war crimes and human rights violations against Tamils ​​by the Sri Lankan authorities in the last days of the Fourth Eelam War.

Eelam War IV is the name given to the fourth phase of the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan army and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. International rights groups claim that at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed by Sri Lankan military personnel in the final stages of the war.
While the Indian government was under pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu to support the resolution, as it has done in the past on at least 2 occasions, voting in favor would certainly have caused ties with Lanka to plummet given that China, Russia, Pakistan and even Bangladesh rejected the resolution.
Congressional leader P Chidambaram called the development “a great betrayal of the Tamil people” and demanded the resignation of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said Prime Minister Modi did not support the Tamil community facing genocide at the hands of the Sri Lankan government.

‘Congress is being aggressive and stoking the fire of Tamil chauvinism’

‘As expected of BJP’

‘India did well, it was a strategic move to counter China’

‘The national interest comes first’

‘Those who incited the Tamil genocide in 2009 are not attacking the Modi government’

‘BJP is hypocritical’

‘Congress is no different than the BJP’

‘India sides with the oppressor’



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