Prince Zeid to visit Jaffna, Trinco
Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is scheduled to visit Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kandy in addition to Colombo, UN compound in Sri Lanka announced today.
Prince Zeid would begin a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday and would meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, other ministers and high-level Government officials at both federal and regional levels.
“He will also hold discussions with a wide range of other interlocutors, including the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, representatives of civil society, victims of human rights violations and religious leaders,” the UN Compound said in a statement.
It said the High Commissioner is scheduled to discuss a range of current challenges and opportunities for strengthening the rule of law and protection of human rights in Sri Lanka, including reviewing the implementation of the recommendations made in his report to the Human Rights Council and in its subsequent Resolution 30/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.
The resolution which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka was unanimously adopted by the Human Rights Council on October 1 last year.
(Source: Daily Mirror)
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‘The resolution which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka was unanimously adopted by the Human Rights Council on October 1 last year.’. In addition, he UNHR Commissioner should be happy because SL so far did everything to please him. Ven. Gananasara and few other Monks are behind bars. Former president’s one son was arrested. National anthem was sung in Tamil. Few Millinery officers are in prison for the disappearance of Prageeth Ekanaligoda. Only problem is PM and the Executive President of SL do are not in the same page and having different views on engaging foreign judges/prosecutors in alleged war crime trials.
if besdes being a prince has collected enough titles by way of employment is substantial …like me he must have either served this purpose concurrently then he must have contributed something. The only occupation that satnds out is his job involvement with the UN and with his credentials he ought to be more aggressine however the regions he served in vast and under developed and a prince with a swedish wife could not do very much. However it is relief that he replaced Ms Navi Pillay whose qualifications and her track record is dubious and intellectually emotionally biased.
I hope the prince is intellectually mature enough to rationalise the complexities involved ethnic divide the foundation of which are the religions …buddhist hindus and muslims.
The largest population in Sri Lanka arerural Sinahlese buddhist. Their economy is subsistence with little surplus production. The education is substandard. In urban areas there are a lot of hospitals but the rural areas are starved of qualified doctors medical facilities. The tamil and muslim populations go through the simlar deprivations. Your guides will tell ou a different story!
Budhists practice non violence and compassion. There are allegations contrary to this and Ven Gnansara is accused of leading a terror group and todate the authorities have found nothing to substantiate this claim they are on which hunt for monsters under the bed and this led by Sirisena/Ranil syndicate.
The estimated population is about 21 million and about 5 percent of the population control the wealth and in this regard the Sinhalese are in the minority. There under no circumstance will they allow violence toe sclate in SL.
Finally if the prince has any credibility then he ought to seek tangible evidence to allegation the lists amounting to 40000 as claimed by Sirisena and the 100000 again claimed by Sirisena. Fialing the tamil and muslim spokesperson ought to do and then you can pick a few to talk to rather than orchestrated interviews! failing to do so will not justify your role.
Who created the refugee problem and I thought mostly from Syria and not africa.
IF the war was fought with gun in one hand and the Human Rights Manual in the other
IF the armed forces conducted the war in a professional manner
IF none other than conventional arms were deployed in the war
IF the forces took every step to minimise collateral damage
IF the forces took measures to care for innocent civilians,
WHY fear the Prince?
WHY fear the UNHRC resolution?
WHY fear international investigations?
Our behaviour in this matter is brooding enormous suspicion, not only internationally but locally as well.
Let’s get through this with flying colours and demonstrate that ours is a pure and majestic land inhabited by righteous human beings.
Well said, Kuduraj,
IF we have nothing to hide,
WHY are we fearing to open our behaviour to scrutiny?
Well said, you are spot on.
Veeraya Weerawansa is at it again for the whole world to see labelling Prince as a ‘kotiya’ supporter.
Gota too barking about releasing Julian Assage and UK having double standards! Mind you during MaRa’s rule there was only one standard. Those objecting were inviting the white van to come and get them for a free ride.
100,000 coconuts robbed from state plantation to smash at Seenigama Devale to please the gods to get rid of the FCID! Only 700 smashed though with the chief organiser losing his wallet in the process.
The rascals are upto all antics to rock the boat!
If uncle Sirisena does not play his cards right he too will be taken to the cleaners by the UNHCR.
The “sinhala” mindset of being the sole owners of mother lanka has to change to start with for things to really change. Look at Singapore!