China & Pakistan Supports Sri Lanka at UNHRC
Sri Lanka can handle own matters: China
UN report based on second hand information: Pakistan
China, Cuba and Pakistan were among the countries that opposed any international intervention on Sri Lanka, at the 17th UNHRC session at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday.
While China said that SL could handle its own matters, Cuba opposed a re-opening of Sri Lanka's case, the BBC reported.
African and Islamic members of the 47-nation Human Rights Council moved to quell any attempt to reopen the debate on Sri Lanka's conduct at the end of the war.
“The international community must support national efforts to win peace in Sri Lanka,” said Pakistan's Ambassador Zamir Akram, speaking on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
Akram was quoted by agency news reports, as saying that the report by the office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was ‘primarily based on second-hand information that was never verified’
Accordingly to the BBC Ireland joined EU, US, UK, and France backing the call for an investigation.
Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) annual session Navi Pillai, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she supported the special UN panel's recommendations.
The panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it found "credible allegations" of a wide range of serious violations of international law committed by both the Sri Lanka security forces and Tamil Tigers in the final stages of the conflict. "I fully support the recommendation to establish an international mechanism to monitor national investigations and undertake its own as necessary," Ms. Pillai said.
"It would be important for the Human Rights Council to reflect on the new information contained in this important report, in light of its previous consideration of Sri Lanka and efforts to combat impunity worldwide."
Sri Lankan Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, meanwhile, categorically rejected the calls for an international probe.
Expressing regret that Ms Pillai's statements “contained pre-judgments”, Minister Samarasinghe said the government had resorted to restorative justice through the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
"There is no one set of international panacea that can apply for such a complex internal conflict," Minister Samarasinghe said.
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa “even before the UNSG's panel,” has started the domestic process, he added.
Meanwhile, Kshenuka Senewiratne, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva charged High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay for legitimizing the report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka
“It is widely known that the said report was borne outside an intergovernmental process. It is a report which was initiated solely by the UNSG to advise himself on the modalities, applicable international standards and comparative experience relevant to an accountability process in respect to the conflict in Sri Lanka.
“The High Commissioner through her references in the statement seems to attempt to legitimise an internal document by seeking to push it into an intergovernmental body, ignoring all relevant rules of procedure,” she said.
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