United Nations: Following demonstrations
against a UN report on possible war crimes in Sri Lanka during
the final battle against LTTE, the world body has said that
people have the right to protest peacefully.
"It’s everybody’s right to demonstrate and to do so
peacefully. That appears to have been the case on May 1,"
Martin Nesirky, UN spokesperson, told journalists yesterday.
"We’ve said repeatedly that we have heard what’s being
said publicly, that we have offered on more than one occasion
for the Government’s response. Formal response to be
published alongside the report," he added.
Demonstrations were held in Colombo against the
recently released UN report, which outlines allegations of war
crimes and crimes against humanity against the government and
"The panel’s determination of credible allegations
reveals a very different version of the final stages of the
war than that maintained to this day by the government," the
On May 1, hundreds took to the street in response to a
call by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to rally
against the report.
The UN has said that it will publish any government
response to the report.
"And that offer still stands," Nesirky said. "Should
we receive an official response, we’ll distribute it in the
same way that we did the report."
First Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 10:33