Sri Lanka asked the United nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay to take an objective and unbiased approach to Sri Lanka in fulfilling her mandate and not to give credence to unsubstantiated allegations.
Delivering the countrys statement at the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday leader of the Sri Lanka delegation, Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha said the UN official had unfettered access to assess first-hand the on-going reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.
Responding to the High Commissioner’s immediate concern’ for the protection of human rights defenders she met in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Aryasinha said Sri Lanka has a vibrant civil society, a fact that was amply demonstrated through the wide range of meetings and events that were arranged independently by the UN team in Colombo with civil society groups and persons of all ethnic and religious denominations for her during her recent visit.
He said The Government of Sri Lanka is fully committed to protecting human rights defenders, and in this regard had requested the High Commissioner and her office to provide specific information of such incidents, if any.
Reiterating that the government does not wish to add credence to unsubstantiated allegations that are made for political purposes by certain groups with vested interests, who have also done so previously to embarrass the government, the envoy said Sri Lanka looks forward to continuing its constructive engagement with the HRC, the High Commissioner, and the Office of the High Commissioner.