Views expressed on Pillay and the position of UN Human Rights Chief

Views expressed on Pillay and the position of UN Human Rights Chief

Written by Staff Writer

01 Sep, 2014 | 8:53 pm

At two separate media briefings convened on Monday, Ministers Keheliya Rambukwella and Mahinda Samarasinghe, expressed the following views on the departure of Navi Pillay and the assumption of duties of the new UN Human Rights Chief.

Following are the views expressed by Keheliya Rambukwella:

“We always think about everything amicably. We have never acted in a disagreeable fashion. We believe that in this country we levelled those allegations in the open. At one time we openly challenged the actions of Madam Navanethem Pillay and certain decisions she took. ”

He added: “We criticised that activity. There was nothing to hide. But we believe that we saw some level of bias on her part and certain decisions and statements were made by her without having full awareness.  We said that this was extremely unfair. We strongly believe that the next person to take up her office will consider all of this and will work from a correct stance.”

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who for a time served as the Presidential Special Envoy on Human Rights, expressed these views:

“It is pointless for me to express my personal views. When I speak as a cabinet minister there is a collective responsibility. I must speak on behalf of the government. I am now the Plantations Minister. The Ministry of External Affairs has taken up the human rights field. So you should ask them.”

 


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