Aug 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is making special arrangements to provide all necessary facilities for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay's visit to the country's war-torn north, a government official said.
The Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunathilaka Amunugama said that the government will provide all facilities required by Pillay in the hope that she will be able to get a clear understanding about actual situation in Sri Lanka during her visit.
The UN High Commissioner, a strong critic of the Sri Lankan government, will visit Sri Lanka from 25 to 31 August 2013, at the invitation of the government.
Pillay will make field visits to Sri Lanka's North and East during her stay in the island, her office in Geneva said.
Amunugama speaking to the national radio today said that various groups with vested interests have provided her wrong information about Sri Lanka after the end of the war and the visit will help her to get firsthand information on the actual situation in the country from the general public and civil organizations as well as from the government.
He said the High Commissioner will be able to clarify and authenticate the information she has received on the country's post-war progress.
Secretary Amunugama said that special arrangements have been made for her to personally inquire from the general public about the alleged reports on missing persons in the post conflict period and acquiring of lands in the North.
During her visit, Ms. Pillay is scheduled to hold talks with senior judicial figures, members of the National Human Rights Commission and the committee monitoring the National Plan of Action on the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt Reconciliation Commission and meet representatives of civil society.
Amunugama said that the government has requested her to visit not only Jaffna but also to the Vanni area where the most of the fighting in the war took place.
He stressed that the government has no reason for hiding any information about the situation in the country.
Pillay, who has been very critical of Sri Lanka's human rights situation, has constantly insisted on an international investigation into Sri Lanka's war.
The Sri Lankan government has been extending her an invitation to visit the island for two years but the human rights chief stayed the invitation and accepted only this year.