Sri Lanka against UN sending probe report to rights body

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Sri Lanka on Monday took issue with a planned UN move to forward a damning report on the country to the Human Rights Council, complaining that Colombo was not notified about the action.

Sri Lanka Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe claimed that at a briefing on September 9 UN human rights chief Navi Pillay "had informed a group of countries that a decision had been taken by the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General to transmit the report" to both her offices and the Human Rights Council.

"The failure on the part of the High Commissioner to inform the concerned state -- Sri Lanka -- was wholly inappropriate to say the least," the minister told the Human Rights Council.

Asked about Samarasinghe's claim, Pillay's spokesman told AFP that "the issue had come up" during the briefing.

The report by a panel of UN experts released in April detailed violations allegedly committed by both the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, "some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity".

The report had called for an international probe into the violations, and asked that the Human Rights Council be invited to reconsider the conclusions drawn during its May 2009 special session on Sri Lanka.

During that session, the council had adopted a resolution praising the outcome of the Sri Lanka civil war which saw the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The text condemned only the Tamil Tigers and "welcomes... the liberation by the government of Sri Lanka of tens of thousands of its citizens that were kept by the LTTE against their will as hostages."

As an international commission could only be set up with Sri Lanka's agreement or if ordered by an inter-governmental body, rights activists have been calling for the report to be forwarded to the Human Rights Council to take action.

Sri Lanka has slammed the report as "biased", and a minister in April said that "no one in the civilised world would accept it."

© 2011 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • Asanga Herath posted:

    on 12th September 2011, 15:48:10 - Reply

    Supporting a banned terrorist group is also terrorism!
  • V.Selvanathan posted:

    on 12th September 2011, 15:09:32 - Reply

    These allegations have presented by PRO-LTTE FOREIGN TAMIL DIASPORA. It is not impossible for them to do that by using their financial ability. But they are not sending money to improve the living condition of their people in SL. Instead of that they are trying to form TERRORISM in the country again to spoil the country.
    If you analyze the previous situation in Sri Lanaka you'll be able to understand who had committed war crimes by introducing SUICIDAL BOMBINGS, BUS BOMBINGS to SL. It was non other than LTTE TERRORISTS who had TERRORIZED Tamil community.
  • K.C posted:

    on 12th September 2011, 14:42:29 - Reply

    This is the hypocracy at the best.. First Sri Lanka should propose a UN body to investigate human rights violoations, and war crimes by US and NATO in the middle east. Possibly headed by an iranian clergy and members from Korea and Pakistan should be in it. Then when those countries are investigated and prsecuted, possibly sanctions are in place, Sri Lanka should be considered...

    I am sri Lanka, I am sure any probe should have minimum effects on the our country.. but the priciple rule is , justice should be equally applied. therefore, the UN should first look in to US/NATO violations that happned years before the 2009 conflict in Sri Lanka