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* Government expresses its objections to UN rights chief's report on Sri Lanka
Sun, Feb 10, 2013, 09:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 10, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has expressed its objections to the draft report prepared by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Sri Lanka to be submitted at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Government sources said the draft report prepared by Pillay, which was submitted to the government, has been seen as biased and unfair since it is one-sided.

"It is a one sided and biased report like the Darusman Report," the source said, adding that some of the concerns raised in the report are issues that have already been addressed by the government.

The government has expressed its objections to the Sri Lanka's Permanent Mission in Geneva to be conveyed to the UNHRC.

The report focuses on the engagement of UN mechanisms in support of the accountability and reconciliation processes in Sri Lanka.

Pillay's report is expected to address Sri Lanka's progress and shortcomings with regard to implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations and investigating human rights abuses in the final phase of the war.

President's special envoy for human rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will lead Sri Lanka's delegation to the 22nd sessions of UNHRC in Geneva later this month. Sri Lanka's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will be taken for consideration on March 15.



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