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Sri Lanka accuses Pillay of bias

2014 Feb 26

The Sri Lankan Government has accused the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, of being bias through her report on Sri Lanka which she hopes to present at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month.

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinghe said the conclusions and recommendations contained in Pillay’s report, a copy of which has been sent to the Government, is tantamount to an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign State.

The Government rejected the call by Pillay “to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of IHRL and IHL and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka”, saying “it gives scant or no regard to the domestic processes ongoing in Sri Lanka within the framework of the LLRC NPOA, and is politicized in premise”.

The government said, the trajectory that has emerged with regard to the recommendation of the High Commissioner “reflects the preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda which she has relentlessly pursued with regard to Sri Lanka”, since just a week following the defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka, on 26th May 2009 at the 11th Special Session of the UNHRC on Sri Lanka, and at subsequent sessions and reports. It is noted that the reference in the current report that “the High Commissioner remains convinced” for an “independent, international inquiry” demonstrates her persistent efforts against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka said, “it is pertinent to question the factual basis for the High Commissioner’s initial formal call to the HRC for an independent, international investigation in May 2009 and its continuation, in order that the international community not be misled”.

The Government made the observations in “comments” submitted to the draft report of the High Commissioner on 12 February 2014, ahead of the High Commissioner’s (HC) final report on Sri Lanka to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) which was placed on the OHCHR website.

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