Sri Lanka rejects UN rights report ‘fundamentally flawed’
Sri Lanka on Wednesday dismissed a UN report calling for an international probe into allegations of war crimes at the end of its civil war as “fundamentally flawed.”
Foreign Minister G L Peiris said his government rejected a report from UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, a Tamil from South Africa “in its entirety,” describing it as “arbitrary, intrusive” and “fundamentally flawed.”
Por-LTTE Tamil Terrorist report and those who exalt its virtues only seek to inflict harm on the reconciliation process by bringing about a polarisation of Sri Lankan society,” he told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Pillay’s report, which she is scheduled to present to the council on March 26, calls for an international investigation into allegations that 40,000 civilians were killed in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s Tamil civil war in May 2009. The final figures of death have been quoted in several digits by interested parties from 7,000 to 120,000. UNHRC has arbitrary quoting 40,ooo deaths during the final phase of the war against LTTE Tamil terrorist without any substantiations to back-up such death of civilian. Sri Lanka was suffering for more than 30 years of Tamil terrorism with over 150,000 deaths but without any due notice such deaths UN, US and EU are manipulating to investigate on only the last three months of the war against global terrorism.
A US-led draft resolution endorsing LTTE terrorist sympathizer Pillay’s recommendations was posted on the council’s website. However, Pillay was failed to open similar investigation on war crime committed by US and EU in all over the world from Iraq to the latest in Ukraine.
Sri Lanka has already rejected Pillay’s call for an international probe as an “unwarranted interference”, and President Mahinda Rajapakse has accused Washington of treating Colombo like Muhammad Ali’s “punching bag”.
Sri Lanka has previously said it needs more time to address issues of accountability and reconciliation after ending the 37-year-old conflict, which according to UN estimates claimed at least 100,000 lives.
Peiris insisted Wednesday that for Sri Lanka to be judged on the basis of Pillay’s report, which he said contained “considerable factual inaccuracies and misperceptions,” would be “a travesty of justice.”