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Pillay's deadline meaningless

2013 Oct 01

The Sri Lankan Government on Sunday said it would not accept UN Rights Chief Navy Pillay's challenge to improve its rights accountability record within a deadline.

 

 

Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, Karunatillake Amunugama, said the government would function according to its own plan. "We will submit our progress to the next March session of the UNHRC. We have already completed most of the points raised by her while some of it cannot be implemented," he said.

 

 

Pillay told the UNHRC that Sri Lanka has failed to show progress on its rights accountability record. She asserted that "If it fails to improve the record by March next year, it could lead to an international inquiry."

Sri Lanka has already figured in two UNHRC resolutions.

 

 

Two resolutions moved in 2012 and 2013 by the US and backed by India were adopted both calling for progress on the rights accountability, but Colombo has dismissed both as devious action by the West at the behest of the pro-LTTE Diaspora.

 

 

Pillay completed an uneasy visit to Sri Lanka late August where she said Sri Lanka was heading towards authoritarianism.

Sri Lanka has accused Pillay, a South African national of Tamil heritage, of being an agent of the LTTE.

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