Lanka rejects Pillay's Call for International Inquiry - The New Indian Express

Lanka rejects Pillay's Call for International Inquiry

Published: 26th February 2014 09:17 AM

Last Updated: 26th February 2014 09:17 AM

Sri Lanka has opposed the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate alleged violations of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law by the Lankan security forces in the final phase of Eelam War IV.

The Lankan mission in Geneva said in a statement that the trajectory that has emerged with regard to the recommendation of the High Commissioner reflected the “preconceived, politicised and prejudicial agenda which she has relentlessly pursued with regard to Sri Lanka.” She has been on this path since a week following the defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka, in May 2009.

“It is pertinent to question the factual basis for the High Commissioner’s initial formal call to the Human Rights Council for an independent, international investigation in May 2009 and its continuation, in order that the international community not be misled,” the Lankan mission pleaded.

In its detailed point-by-point “comments” on the High Commissioner’s report, Lanka  has regretted that she had raised concerns regarding a range of issues based on information of questionable veracity and arrived at conclusions in a selective and arbitrary manner.

It added that this included many she had raised during her August 2013 week-long visit to Lanka. At that time, the Lankan government had requested her to provide factual evidence to substantiate her allegations  and to refrain from making general comments without a degree of specificity which would allow the Lankan government to investigate. But this had not been forthcoming, the mission said

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