Tamil Diplomat

Govt must explain if it sought deferral of UNHRC Report:Nimal

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva has demanded an explanation from the governrmnt had made a request to the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) which inquires into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, to postpone the submission of its report and recommendation until the September session this year.

He was making a special statement under Standing Order 23 (2). He quoted international media report that Human Rights Commissioner of the Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had suggested that the report should be postponed until September Session this year.

Since it is reported that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in a letter written to the head of the UNHRC has promised to effect reforms in the Human Rights field in Sri Lanka under the 100 day programme of which one is to do justice with regard to war crimes, the government has to divulge it to the country. The country must know what new measures would be adopted to protect the image of the country before the UNHRC.