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Navi Pillai criticises Sri lanka in her final speech.-Video
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UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneedan Pillai requested the government today

to assist an international investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Pillai made this request during her opening address to the 26th session of the Human Rights Commission which began today in Geneva.

Delivering her final speech as the chief of the UN Human Rights body, Pillai said that her Office has put in place a staff team that will be supported by several experts and Special Procedures mandate holders, to conduct the comprehensive investigation mandated by this Council in order to advance accountability, and thus reconciliation.

After Navi Pillai’s speech, the Unites States and the UK urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the UN investigation into the alleged war crimes in the country.

Both the US and the UK envoys said the Sri Lankan Government must permit the UN team to enter the country in order to carry on the investigation.

However External Affairs Ministry stated recently that it rejected the charges made by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillai, and the commission of inquiry to investigate alleged war crimes.

At the same time, the SLFP Central Working Committee decided yesterday to obtain the opinion of parliament over the UN investigation team.

The names to be appointed to the Commission of inquiry have not yet been announced officially but New Indian Express website quoted UN sources that a New Zealand lawyer Dame Silvia Cartwright will be included in the proposed UN investigative team.

Silvia Cartwright was a trial judge for the Cambodia War Crimes Tribunal as well.

The website stated that another nine investigators to be appointed to the committee of inquiry and the second judge could probably be a Sudanese.

Meanwhile UN envoy for Jordan Prince Seid Al Hussain will succeed Navaneedan Pillai after her tenure ends this year.

Navi Pillai’s tenure was to end in 2012 but she has been remaining in the position after it was extended by two years.

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