Pillay hails UN review report on Lanka

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has hailed the UN review report on Sri Lanka handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last year.

In a note on her annual report to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council which meets in Geneva later this month, Pillay says the findings will help the whole UN system to be more responsible.

In November 2012, the Secretary-General released a landmark report on the action of the United Nations in the final months of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009 in relation to its humanitarian and protection mandate.

The report concluded that the United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities, highlighting the role played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programmes, as well as the Security Council and Human Rights Council.

“The initiative of the Secretary-General is remarkable and the findings and recommendations of the review should allow the whole system to be more responsible, transparent and accountable,” Pillay has said in her note on Sri Lanka in her annual report to the February – March council meeting.

Sri Lanka is expected to figure in several other reports as well which will be submitted at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette)