Sri Lanka has decided to officially register its protest with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, over the role she and her staff played in adopting a resolution against the country in March last year, informed sources said yesterday.
The Daily Mirror learns that Sri Lanka’s Permanent Secretary in Geneva Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam is working on the matter.
Informed sources said that Ms. Pillay had violated the mandate given to her by the United Nations General Assembly, and also the UN Charter. Therefore, Sri Lanka has decided to send a letter to the High Commissioner registering its protest against her. According to sources, the letter is being drafted at the moment.
Earlier, like-minded countries such as China, Russia and Cuba also said that the UNHRC had violated the Charter in the adoption of a resolution against Sri Lanka.
The United States-sponsored resolution was adopted on March 23, 2012 at the UNHRC with the vote, 24 to 15 with eight abstentions. The government carried out an exhaustive campaign to strike down this resolution which they believed was a high-handed action by world powers to infringe on sovereign rights of the country.
The resolution called on the Sri Lankan government to carry out the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
According to the resolution, the UN High Commissioner is required to submit a report on the measures taken by the government to address human rights, to its session scheduled for March, next year. (Kelum Bandara)