Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein tours the North

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein tours the North

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein tours the North

Written by Tharushan Fernando

07 Feb, 2016 | 7:24 pm

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Husseinm who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, embarked on a tour of Jaffna and Trincomalee on Sunday.

Upon arriving in Jaffna, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein spoke with relatives of missing persons, who had converged on either side of the road.

Thereafter, the UN Human Rights Chief met with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. The discussion was focussed on disappearances which took place during the war, political prisoners, the welfare of widows in the North, and resettlement.

Following discussions with the Governor of the Northern Province S. Palihakkara, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein spoke to the media.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that the discussion focused on the challenges the province faces but also the bans and the achievements in connection with this region and the people who aspire to see more information in terms of those missing as well as the issue of the release of vans. He stated that these discussions will continue  in the course of today, tomorrow, and in Colombo with the highest officials of the state.

“I am very satisfied with the discussions that were held today” he said

The UN High Commisioner for Human Rights also took part in religious observances at the Nallur Kovil, and concluded his visit to Jaffna following an inspection of the Chunnakam Sabapathy IDP Camp.

During the inspection, the UN Human Rights Chief went from door to door inquiring into the well-being of the residents.

The locals who gathered at the camp’s community hall, presented their issues to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Later in the evening, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein met with the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Hafeez Nazeer Hussein.

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