UN Human Rights chief welcomes Sri Lanka IDP resettlement, criticizes right violations
Thu, Mar 4, 2010, 09:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 04, Geneva: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay today welcomed the progress Sri Lanka has made in the resettlement of nearly 300,000 civilians displaced by the later phases of the war between the government forces and LTTE rebels.
Ms. Pillay discussing few outstanding cases including Sri Lanka during her address to the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today said she welcomes the progress made in returning displaced persons, and hopes the review and release of security detainees can similarly be expedited.
However, she criticized Sri Lanka's continuing disregard for the human rights that has come under severe criticism by the world bodies.
"But the opportunity for peace and reconciliation continues to be marred by the treatment of journalists, human rights defenders and other critics of the Government," Ms. Pillay said reiterating her call for an independent investigation on the violations committed during the war.
"I am convinced that Sri Lanka should undertake a full reckoning of the grave violations committed by all sides during the war, and that the international community can be helpful in this regard," the UN official said.
Discussing the United States, Ms. Pillay said the United States should now conduct thorough investigations into allegations of torture at the detention centres in Guantanamo Bay and Bagram, account for practices that may have contravened international law, and hold violators to account.
Ms. Pillay was also concerned by the by the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran and the Egyptian security using "lethal force" against unarmed migrants trying to enter Israel via the Sinai Desert.