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Sunday, November 09, 2014 - 3.05 GMT
Sri Lanka responds to UN Rights Chief: OHCHR inept in comprehending Sri Lanka's concerns


Responding to comments made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein Friday on the UN probe on Sri Lanka, The Sri Lankan government, said his office is not capable of understanding the government's concerns on the flawed investigation.

In a reply to Zeid's allegations, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha stressed that the Sri Lankan government, its departments and agencies made no attempt whatsoever to prevent bona fide witnesses from submitting information to the investigation team.

"Neither was any attempt made to deter and intimidate individuals from submitting evidence. The submissions that the Investigation would have received by now would stand to prove this fact," Aryasinha wrote.

He said the Government's categorical rejection of the investigation established by the Human Rights Council is not tantamount to concealing information.

"The Government of Sri Lanka has steadfastly maintained that it owes to the country's dignity not to subject its people to an investigation that does not conform to even the minimum requisites of justice and fair play," the Sri Lankan envoy said.

"It is a matter of deep concern to note that you, as a high official of the UN system, have resorted to the use of intemperate language to attack and vilify a sovereign member of the United Nations. Further, you have chosen to cast aspersions and denigrate a democratically elected Government," the Sri Lankan envoy said.

Full text of Ambassador Aryasinha’s statement:




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