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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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Self appointed regional power said nothing, as usual going around west……

Shazzam!

Pillay, came under severe criticism from friendly counties of Sri Lanka including India when she called for an inquiry into abuses in Sri Lanka's civil war after such a move backed by the western countries failed to garner support at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2009.
Sri Lanka : UN human rights chief calls for an international mechanism to monitor Sri Lanka\'s compliance with Expert Panel recommendations

Colombo-based Sinhala daily, Lankadeepa, without quoting any officials from the Indian government or the Indian embassy in Colombo, said in a report Sunday that the Indian government has expressed its disapproval over the appointment of the expert panel by United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon.
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Don't you get sick of stirring shyt up all the time?
 

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I said about 17th UNHRC session at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday.

Not regarding early reports.

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I would wait for the session to finish before I start pointing fingers. Besides the point is, India opposed the report in the first place, so don't see why it won't oppose its implementation. I scanned through UNHCR website for any official release, but nothing available as of yet.

Here's something interesting I found though, and I absolutely support this alleged stance of the Indian Government mentioned in the article.

If a resolution was taken up and passed then the issue would become official and Sri Lankan leaders might have had to face an international war crimes trial. But latest reports indicate the Western powers are more intrested in the crisis in Libya and other Middle East countries. Therefore any resolution on Sri Lanka is likely to be put off till the next UNHCR sessions in September. A key player in this drama will be Asia’s regional super-power India. Last year, India led a group of Non-Aligned Movement nations in opposing the resolution against Sri Lanka and the resolution was defeated. But this year, India is maintaining a deafening if not dangerous silence on the issue and the reason maybe the mysterious double-games or treble-games that super-powers are playing with geo-political objectives.

External Affairs Minister GL Pieris last week visited New Delhi for crucial talks with Indian leaders and top officials. Surprisingly and for some strange reason Dr. Pieris was not accompanied by any Indian Affairs Expert from the External Affairs Ministry. Whatever was discussed or not discussed the joint statement issued after the talks has created a crisis within a crisis or a conflict within a conflict.

In the statement, India and Sri Lanka pledged to work towards genuine reconciliation of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Most analysts say the keyword in this statement is the word “genuine” which might mean the full implementation of the 13th amendment. This would mean the 13th amendment plus, giving additional powers to the provincial councils. Analysts say the Northern and Eastern provincial councils especially would obtain and exercise police and land distribution powers. Sinhala nationalist groups say this would mean giving to the North and East virtual federal state powers which the LTTE failed to obtain through ruthless terrorism during three decades of war.

The analysts believe that India is remaining silent or non-committal on the alleged war crimes issue because it wants to give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the 13th amendment. In other words India is using it as a bargaining chip. If Sri Lanka meets the grievances and aspirations of the Tamil people, then India might help it overcome the crisis in the Human Rights Council. Otherwise India might join the West in trying to haul Lankan leaders on alleged war crimes trials. Either way the Rajapaksa regime is likely to face serious trouble.

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