Peiris Calls Navi Pillay Report Biased - The New Indian Express

Peiris Calls Navi Pillay Report Biased

Published: 06th March 2014 08:01 AM

Last Updated: 06th March 2014 08:08 AM

G L Peiris
Sri Lanka on Wednesday rejected the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Lanka, saying that it was fundamentally flawed, biased and politically motivated.

“The High Commissioner has raised concerns regarding a range of issues based on information of questionable veracity, and conclusions have been arrived at in a selective and arbitrary manner,” Lankan External Affairs Minister, G L Peiris, said in a statement at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva.

Pillay had disregarded the substantial progress made by the Lankan government during the five years which had elapsed since the end of the 30 year war against terrorism, he said.

Her report had paid scant regard to the complexities and local nuances of a sensitive reconciliation process, and it had eroded the confidence of the people of Lanka by the constant changing of unjustifiable demands, Peiris said.

Pillay’s attitude was “disproportionate to the circumstances” and “inconsistent with the treatment of comparable situations,” Peiris said. “It is much to be regretted that the High Commissioner’s report and those who exalt its virtues, only seek to inflict harm on the reconciliation process by bringing about a polarization of the Sri Lankan society,” he argued.

“Additionally, the recommendations contained in the Report are arbitrary, intrusive and of a political nature, and are not placed within the ambit of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC),” he pointed out.

‘Travesty of Justice’

“If the initiatives taken on Sri Lanka at this juncture by the OHCHR is to be the basis on which the country is to be judged, it will clearly be a travesty of justice,” the Lankan Minister said.

Pleading for more time to bring about improvements, Peiris said: “Sri Lanka must be provided with the requisite time and space to address its own process domestically in a comprehensive manner.”

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