Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2013

Sri Lanka turning into authoritarian State – UN Rights Chief Lashes out War criminal rulers!

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At end of her fact finding mission in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan occupied Tamil Eelam , U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay lashed Sri Lankan rulinng Rajapaksa regime saying ‘Sri Lankan is heading the direction of authoritarian state’.

A Tamil woman cries as she holds up an image of her family member who disappeared during the civil war with the LTTE at a vigil to commemorate the international day of the disappeared

A Tamil woman cries as she holds up an image of her family member who disappeared during the civil war with the LTTE at a vigil to commemorate the international day of the disappeared

In press conference held in Colombo , she hints out war crime investigation is needed and stood firm against Rajapaksa’s allegation of ‘United Nations is a biased organisation’ . Rajapaksa’s accusation was a tactical move to suppress the UN chief’s opinion against his government , miserably failed as Nav Pillay clearly hit out at Sri Lankan government.

Even Sri Lanka staged up a drama by withdrawing military from all over the places she visited in Tamil homeland , and closed down the check points , and military was ordered not to wear uniform , in a bid to deceive the  visiting UN team , Nav Pillay seems to have found the truth in weeping Tamils she met everywhere.

“It is important everyone realise that although the fighting is over, the suffering is not,” Pillay told a news conference at the end of a controversial fact-finding mission to assess Sri Lanka’s progress after the 26-year civil war between the Sri Lankan Sinhala rulers  and Tamil rebels.

“I’m deeply concerned that Sri Lanka, despite the opportunity provided by the end of the war to construct a new vibrant, all-embracing state, is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction.”

Pillay visited the former northern Tamil homeland  war zones in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and the eastern district of Trincomalee, and met leaders in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. The visit has sparked demonstrations by Sinhala far right groups who wanted to shut the doors for justice to Tamils.

War crimes committed President Mahinda Rajapaksa directly attacked U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday that he an his people believed the U.N. is a biased organisation, and a report she was due to release next month had already prejudged the country.

“However, physical reconstruction alone will not bring reconciliation, dignity, or lasting peace,” Pillay said. “Clearly, a more holistic approach is needed to provide truth, justice and reparations of people’s suffering during the war.”

She also said that she was concerned about the degree to which the “military appears to be putting down roots and becoming involved in what should be civilian activities, for instance education, agriculture and even tourism.”

Pillay’s visit followed a second U.S.-sponsored U.N. resolution in March this year that urged Sri Lanka to carry out credible investigations into killings and disappearances during the civil war, especially in the final stages.

Sri Lanka has come under international pressure to bring to book those accused of war crimes and boost efforts to reconcile a polarised country. It has rejected the accusations of rights abuses, but Rajapaksa last month ordered an inquiry into mass disappearances.

 

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