Lanka slams UN rights chief for seeking probe into violations
Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011, 23:47
Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday slammed UN rights watchdog chief Navi Pillay for calling for a fresh international probe into alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the ethnic conflict in the country that ended in 2009.

Launching a scathing attack on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sri Lanka questioned her bona fides and said her actions were unbecoming of her high office.

"The High Commissioner unbecomingly deems it appropriate to call for action on the recommendations of the said report which are based on unverified information and also un-sourced, and would remain so for the next 20 years," said Kshenuka Senewiratne, Sri Lanka's permanent representative to the Human Rights Council (HRC).

Colombo's outburst came as Pillai in a statement to the Geneva-based HRC at its 17th session today called for a fresh international investigation into alleged war crimes during the civil war.

Pillai had referred to a UN expert panel report which collected testimony and put together what they called "credible allegations" of gross human rights abuses and other crimes against humanity committed both by Lankan troops and the LTTE during the final stages of the three-decade civil war.

Sri Lanka has been keen to avoid any reference to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's controversial report which was released in April. It called for an international probe which Colombo has consistently rejected. Her statement released in Colombo together with parts of Pillai's comments to the Council came ahead of a meeting Sri Lanka is holding tomorrow to showcase its military success in defeating the LTTE.


First Published: Monday, May 30, 2011, 23:47

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