Ban says MR should address HR issues

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-mon says President Mahinda Rajapaksa must address human rights issues in the country.

In an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) just before heading to New Delhi on an official visit,  Ban said that he has been urging the Sri Lankan leadership to take all necessary measures to ensure human rights are protected and promoted

Talking about the UN Human Rights Council resolution, which called on Sri Lanka to probe allegations of war crimes committed during the decades-long conflict with Tamil rebels, Ban said it is important to ensure that there is accountability and the process of addressing the rights violations is “very transparent.”

“In addressing all these issues, the human rights and humanitarian concerns, human lives should be given the first and foremost priority,” Ban said.

“It is the right time for President Mahinda Rajapaksa  to address the issues in a speedy and judicious manner,” Ban said.

The Secretary-General will depart from the US on Wednesday for the three-day trip, which will include visits to New Delhi and Mumbai.

In Delhi, Ban will have meetings with the senior political leadership to discuss current regional and international issues and matters of global concern. (Colombo Gazette)