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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Mixed reception for Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka

Colombo, 29 August, (Asiantribune.com):

There was mixed reception for Ms. Navi Pillay, visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sri Lanka on Tuesday as protesters in Colombo called on her to leave the country, while the Tamil protesters in Jaffna alleged UN has failed to protect them.

In the meantime, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navi Pillay informed that she is in Sri Lanka to ascertain whether the Sri Lankan Government is in fact involved in the implementation of the policies of the United Nation and to make a survey of the prevailing situation in the country.

Speaking at the conclusion of the presentation made by the Northern Province officials, Ms. Navi Pillay said that she wanted to know whether the very letter and spirit of United Nations policies are fully implemented by the officials even those at the bottom of the administrative ladder.

Ms. Pillay, who arrived in Jaffna on 26th evening, visited the UN office in Jaffna as well as the Jaffna library, and District Secretariat’s office.

She met the Jaffna Government Agent (GA), Governor and other senior government officials in the area.

In the morning of 27th August, at the Jaffna Library auditorium Ms. Navi Pillay sat through the presentations made by the Provincial Council Chief Secretary Mrs. R. Vijayalakshmi, and also listened intently to the presentations made by the Government Agents of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar.

Pillay also had a closed door meeting with the so called civil society representatives in Jaffna.

Meanwhile at least two demonstrations were held during her visit to Jaffna this morning.

The demonstrators had urged Pillay through placards and posters to look into their family members reported missing during and after the war.

Also in Colombo, protesters criticized the United Nations for the second day on Tuesday, the visit of Ms.Navi Pillay, and they alleged her for coming forward to assess rights in a country, still divided by a 27-year war.

In Colombo, protesters called on Ms. Pillay to get out of the country and stop criticising its rights record.
In Jaffna on Tuesday, protesters criticized the United Nations for not protecting them.

- Asian Tribune -

 Mixed reception for Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka
 Mixed reception for Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka
 Mixed reception for Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka
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