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UN Rapporteur Seeks Visit

By Easwaran Rutnam

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Christof Heyns has sought a visit to Sri Lanka.
The Special Rapporteur had even last year sought a visit to Sri Lanka but to no avail. Heyns has said that he encourages the Governments of Sri Lanka and a few other countries to accept his pending request for a visit.

The Special Rapporteur had recently called on the Sri Lankan authorities to take urgent and firm measures to bring the perpetrators of the killings in Aluthgama to justice and ensure the immediate adoption of robust protective measures.

“Showing determination to ensure accountability in such cases must be a key element of the Government’s efforts to prevent the attacks and guarantee the safety of the members of religious minority communities,” Heyns had said.

In March Heyns had submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council which discusses the protection of the right to life during law enforcement and makes the case for the need for a concerted effort to bring domestic laws on the use of (especially lethal) force by the police in line with international standards.

3 Comments for “UN Rapporteur Seeks Visit”

  1. Concerned Citizen

    Aluthgama incident was a conflict between an extremist group with some dressed up in buddhist monk robes and an alleged fundamentalist Muslim group. It so happens that the Buddhist are the majority community in the country and this does not mean it is a clash against a minority group. Quite often people from the majority group too could suffer at the hands of minority groups, like what happened when the Tigers were active. Therefore Mr Heyns is incorrect when appealing for the safety of minority groups only. Protection should apply to majority community too.\, as especially since they could be the minority in many parts of the country.

    • gamarala

      Ha Ha. Your attempt at ‘whitewashing’ the truth is indeed pathetic.
      “some dressed up in Buddhist monk robes” is a new one.

  2. srilanka sinhala budhhist are very communal and narrow in mind,they supported by uneducaed politicians and communal person in srilanka, srilanka is facing 100000 thousant civilians killing in srilanka.sinahala languge and sinhala religion is only in srilanka,srilanka faceing international criminal investgationg at present,if hey found they may take for ride by UN,USA marh2015.

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