Aug 22, Colombo: Members of the civil society in Sri Lanka will meet with the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay on the 26th and 27th of this month during her visit to the island.
During their meeting with Pillay, members of the civil society will highlight some of the issues they perceive as not having received due consideration from the government.
Convener of Platform for Freedom, Attorney-at-Law Sudharshana Gunawardena has said that members of the civil society have already submitted 20 proposals to Pillay on the areas the government has failed to address.
He has observed that the High Commissioner's visit is significant and that the civil society members during her visit would refute allegations that they are conspirators.
Gunawardena has noted that the government has failed to honor many of its promises.
"When we look at the LLRC report, there was no action plan about accountability and the reasons for the disappearances. However, now it is being included and a committee has been formed to probe into it. There are also land issues in the North where lands belonging to civilians are still under the High Security Zone although the government claims such lands have been returned. The issue of the 13th Amendment and government's promise of 13 A plus which they pledged to implement, still remains in limbo," he has said.
He has added that the issue of detainees where civilians are still not aware if their loved ones are detained or are dead, as information in this regard has not been released to them is another matter that needs to be discussed.
Conveners of civil society organizations, namely, the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, President, International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, Dr. Nimalka Fernando, Executive Director, Right Now, Sudharshana Gunawardana and President of Families of the Disappeared, Britto Fernando will meet the Human Rights High Commissioner along with several other representatives of civil society organizations.