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Pillay goes off track

2013 Aug 29

Visiting UN Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay yesterday went off her provided schedule, and had met a prominent Christian Priest in the Trincomalee District.

The sudden change in plans was not informed to her security contingent who were taken unawares, reports said. However sources said that the meeting had been arranged by the UN office in Colombo.

Discussions between her and the priest had lasted for close on an hour after which she had left for Colombo.  Accordingly she had met Fr Y. Yogeshwaran, a prominent human rights activist of a non-governmental Organization named Jesuits Academy-Foundation for Nonviolent Communication, located at Inner Harbour Road, Trincomalee.

It is learnt that the father had handed over a report containing details of missing persons and highlighted four main points in the report. It is learnt that a copy of this particular report had earlier been handed over to the UN Rights Chief by Tamil National Alliance members.

Ms Pillay also held talks with Eastern Province Governor Mohan Wijewickreme and government agents in the province at the Governor’s office in Trincomalee. She had been briefed on the development activities in the area.

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