Pillay to visit Sri Lanka in January

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay is to visit Sri Lanka in January, the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted the DMK party in Tamil Nadu as saying.

A two-member delegation of DMK led by its Treasurer M K Stalin had yesterday handed over resolutions adopted by the party-backed pro-Sri Lankan Tamils outfit TESO to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay in Geneva.

Stalin, accompanied by DMK Parliamentary Party Leader T R Baalu, during their 35-minute meeting with Pillay handed over the resolutions, approved by party chief M Karunanidhi, and briefed her about the plight of Tamils affected in the last phase of Eelam War Sri Lanka.

A DMK release quoted by PTI said Pillay had told the delegation that in consultation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon an appropriate decision would be taken with regard to alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

She also said she would head a team to Sri Lanka in January to look into the war crime charges, the release added.

The resolutions were adopted in the August 12 conference of Tamil Ealam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO), once defunct organisation revived by Karunanidhi recently.

The TESO conference had among others, demanded that the Indian Government take all necessary steps to ensure “total change of environment” in Sri Lanka and a life of equality and peace to the Sri Lankan Tamils, by “redeeming their political, economic and cultural rights”.