UN HR Commissioner Navi Pillai has transgressed her mandate during her visit says GovT

Monday, 02 September 2013 - 10:16



The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay was on a week-long visit to Sri Lanka on an invitation extended by the Government of Sri Lanka in April 2011. 

This invitation is a part of Sri Lanka’s consistent engagement with the UN System.

Issuing a communiqué by the Department of Government Information stated that The High Commissioner’s observation that Sri Lanka “is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction” is a political statement on her part, which clearly transgresses her mandate and the basic norms which should be observed by a discerning international civil servant. 

The judgment on the leadership of the country is better left for the people of Sri Lanka to decide, than being caricatured by external entities influenced by vested interests.