Proposal to prevent UN investigative panel visit presented in parliament

Proposal to prevent UN investigative panel visit presented in parliament

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Jun, 2014 | 9:20 pm

A proposal calling for the prevention of the panel appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay to investigate alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka from visiting the country, was presented in Parliament on Wednesday.

The proposal contains the signatures of nine ruling party MPs.

UPFA Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer presented the proposal to Parliament General Secretary Dhammika Dassanayake on Wednesday.

The proposal was endorsed by nine parliamentarians, including Achala Jagoda, Malani Fonseka, Janaka Priyantha Bandara, Uditha Lokubandara, A.H.M Azwer, Shantha Bandara, J.R.P Sooriyapperuma, Nimal Wijesinghe and Duminda Silva.

Addressing the twenty-sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay noted that her office had put together a team comprising of experts and special procedures mandate-holders to conduct an inquiry into Sri Lanka.

However, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, issuing a statement Tuesday, noted that Sri Lanka has re-iterated that it will not co-operate with the “OHCHR-driven so called comprehensive investigation.”

Speaking at the council session Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha noted the resolution adopted with the support of less than half the membership of the council challenges the sovereignty and independence of a member nation of the UN.

He added that the resolution also violates the principles of international law.

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