USTPAC welcomes UN Rights Chief’s statement calling Sri Lanka’s Bluff

High Commissioner Zeid exposes hypocrisy and obstruction of justice by Government of Sri
Lanka

WASHINGTON (November 20 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein issued a statement on November 7 strongly condemning the Sri Lankan government’s ‘continuing campaign of distortion and disinformation’ to discredit and obstruct the UN Human Rights Office’s investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL).

He called the Government’s attempts to deter and intimidate individuals from submitting evidence to a UN investigation “unacceptable conduct” and said that a “wall of fear has been created that has undoubtedly served to deter people from submitting evidence.”

“Such a refusal does not, however, undermine the integrity of an investigation set up by the Council – instead it raises concerns about the integrity of the Government in question. Why would Governments with nothing to hide go to such extraordinary lengths to sabotage an impartial international investigation?” Mr. Zeid said.

“We welcome the High Commissioner’s robust remarks which speak directly to the government’s attempts to delegitimize the impartial investigation, intimidate human rights defenders, and prevent witnesses from submitting statements to the investigation team,” said Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham, President of US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC). more »»


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