UN Human Rights Council accuses Sri Lanka of disrupting investigations: Investigation a challenge to Sri Lanka's sovereignty; says Government
The UN Human Rights Council has once again requested permission to conduct investigations as per the proposal that was approved with regard to Sri Lanka at the Geneva Human Rights sessions.
UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein said that they will continue to engage with Sri Lanka.
A 3 member advisory committee was named, despite not revealing the names of the UN Human Rights Investigation Committee members.
They include the Former President of Finland Martti Aatisaari, former judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright, and the former Chairman of Pakistan Human Rights Commission Asma Jahangir.
Sri Lanka has continuously opposed to the Human Rights Council resolution and the probe.
The government of Sri Lanka states that this was an intrusive procedure, while appointing an investigation committee will challenge the country’s sovereignty.
However, UN Human Rights Chief has said that Sri Lanka is not supporting the inquiry and is also obstructing those who are willing to support the investigations.
The new High Commissioner of the UN Human Rights Council rejects the allegations which state that the UN Human Rights Council offers money to obtain information for the probe.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has submitted a letter in response to the statement issued by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner.
In the letter he mentions that, High commissioner’s statement which said that Sri Lanka is obstructing the UN Human Rights Council probe, challenges the sovereignty of the country.
The Sri Lankan Permanent Representative of Geneva added that, Sri Lanka has always supported the UN system, while actively contributing towards the maritime law, disarmament, and Human Rights process.
Sri Lankan government is disappointed regarding the UN Human Rights Council probe and its procedures.
UN Permanent Representative in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha further said that UN High Commissioner has issued the statement disregarding the reasons presented by the Sri Lankan government for rejecting the international probe.
He reiterated that Sri Lanka will continue to reject the Human Rights Council probe.