Sri Lanka today addressing the 22nd Session of the UNHRC stated that the Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has gone beyond the mandate granted under resolution 19/2 which limited her role to reporting on the provision of technical assistance.
Speaking at the council Minister of Plantation Industries, Special Envoy of the President of Sri Lanka on Human Rights & Leader of the Delegation of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Samarasinghe stated that the Report refers several times to the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Panel of Experts’ Report on Sri Lanka.
Samarasinghe adds that Sri lanka requests the OHCHR to delete all references to the PoE Report as it was not referred to in the Resolution 19/2, and therefore reference to it in the OHCHR Report expands the ambit of the Report beyond the original scope and mandate of that Resolution.
Furthermore, the PoE Report on Sri Lanka was commissioned by the UN Secretary General as a private consultation and is not the product or a request of the UN Human Rights Council, or any other intergovernmental process.
Neither has it received the endorsement of any intergovernmental body. Hence, it has neither credence nor legitimacy.”
Sri Lanka also took a jab at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for not making time to visit Sri Lanka despite her visiting several other regional nations. “
Samarasinghe added that Despite her finding time to visit the region in the recent past, in particular her visits to the South Asian sub-region within the past 12 months, she has not been able to schedule a visit to Sri Lanka when she could see for herself the remarkable transformation taking place in the day to day lives of citizens after the defeat of terrorism in 2009.
China bearing a supportive view of the country said that it in large welcomed the proposals set forth by Sri Lanka during its UPR.