Govt Objects To Pillay’s Report
By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema and Camelia Nathaniel
The government has objected to the draft report on Sri Lanka prepared by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay which is to be submitted at the February-March session of the Human Rights Council.
According to government sources the report has been seen as biased and unfair.
The report focuses on the engagement of UN mechanisms in support of the accountability and reconciliation processes in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that the government had seen the draft of the report prepared by Pillay to be presented at the Human Rights Council Session later this month.
He told The Sunday Leader that the External Affairs Ministry had studied the draft and summed their observations. However Amunugama declined to comment on the observations or the draft report, saying that it would not be proper to comment on it as the final report is not out yet.
The report by the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay is expected to address Sri Lanka’s progress and shortcomings with regard to implementing the recommendations of the LLRC and investigating human rights abuses in the final phase of the war.
The Office of the High Commissioner will table a report on Advice and Technical Assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka when the UNHRC’s 22nd Session opens on 25 February 2013.
Sri Lanka will feature on the agenda at least three times during the HRC’s 22nd Session, during the presentation of Pillay’s report, the tabling of Sri Lanka’s UPR report and the US sponsored ‘procedural’ resolution that Washington says it will move in Geneva this year. Highly placed diplomatic sources said that the US Government was pleased with Sri Lanka’s progress on some fronts following the adoption of the UNHRC resolution in March 2012, but found there had been ‘zero discussion’ on issues of accountability in the post-resolution phase.