The 24th session of the United Nations Human Rights started in Geneva today.
During her opening Address, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneedam Pillay made a statement on her recent tour in Sri Lanka.
She said she was grateful to the Sri Lanka Government for facilitating her recent comprehensive visit, which allowed her to assess the progress being made towards reconstruction, reconciliation and accountability in the aftermath of the war, as well as the broader human rights situation, including religious intolerance, governance and the rule of law in the country.
She said she would be reporting on her observations later in the session, but wished to stress her immediate concern for the protection of human rights defenders, journalists and communities that she met during her visit from any reprisal, intimidation or attack.
Meanwhile UN representative for the United States Eileen Donahoe applauded UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneedem Pillay’s tour in Sri Lanka.
She stated that Pillay had done a deep study on the human rights, judiciary and democracy rule of Sri Lanka.
She also requested the Sri Lankan government to use the UN technical support in its endeavor in its reconciliation efforts.