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Melani Manel Perera
UN commissioner wants to meet Sri Lankan civil war witnesses
The visit by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has not been confirmed. Colombo opposes it, wants local NGOs as mediators. US secretary of state wants the Sri Lankan government to support Pillay.
27/08/2013 SRI LANKA
Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka to vet human rights violations
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is in Colombo at the start of a five-day visit. She plans to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and make short trips to the country's hotspots.
02/09/2013 SRI LANKA
For UN high commissioner, Sri Lanka is moving towards authoritarianism
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay expressed this concern at the end of an official visit to the country. Although the government allowed her to move freely, priests and activists have reported threats against them. The UN official also met with relatives of people who disappeared.
28/02/2012 SRI LANKA
Rajapaksa brings thousands of people into the streets to oppose UN war crime charges
The United Nations resolution alleges abuses that Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels committed abuses during the country's civil war. The government accuses the UN and Western powers of interfering in its domestic affairs. In April 2011, a UN report blamed the Sri Lankan air force of killing 40,000 people.
09/01/2012 SRI LANKA
Religious leaders call for urgent solution to the IDP problem and reconciliation with Tamil
Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus in the Congress of Religions call for the implementation of proposals contained in the report issued by a commission of inquiry instituted by Rajapaksa. Resettling displaced people and finding a solution to the interethnic problem are necessary for a lasting peace. However, the government is not eager to act.
23/12/2011 SRI LANKA
Commission of inquiry defends Rajapaksa against UN
The report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission set up by President Rajapaksa to investigate the final phase (2002-2009) of the civil war is a response to a UN report that accused the government of war crimes. For a Christian activist, it is necessary to break with the past to promote Tamil-Sinhalese reconciliation.
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