Zeid to meet victims of human rights violations in Lanka

MissingThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will have talks with the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran and also meet victims of alleged human rights violations.

Formally announcing the visit to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry today said that accepting an invitation extended by the Government in February 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will undertake a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka.

The Foreign Ministry said that the High Commissioner will arrive in Sri Lanka on the morning of Saturday 6 February and depart on the morning of 10 February.

During the visit, he will call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan and have meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera and several other ministers as well as senior Government officials, civil society representatives, the tri-service chiefs, members of the diplomatic community in Colombo and the National Human Rights Commission.

On 7 and 8 February, the High Commissioner will visit Jaffna and Trincomalee where he will meet with the Governors and Chief Ministers of the Northern and Eastern Provinces respectively. He will also meet civil society representatives, victims of alleged human rights violations and the displaced.

The High Commissioner will meet with religious leaders in different locations.

Substantive discussions during the visit will include measures to strengthen, promote and protect human rights, as well as steps being taken to implement the provisions of Resolution 30/1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ which was adopted by the Human Rights Council on 1 October with the co-sponsorship of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. Why is this man allowed to go only to the North to meet Tamil leaders who will all lambast the Sinhalese leaders and the saviors of the country(the military) while the thousands of victims in the South will have no opportunity to voice their grievances. The conclusions that will be drawn by this man are foregone. Sad that no Sinhalese leader will present the LTTE atrocities to Zaid.

  2. Dear Mr UN man, Any chance your organization will go after people like Mr Rudrakumaran of the TGTE who suported and approved the attrocities of the LTTE and now seem to portray an image of a peacefull man?

  3. Will Zaid Hussain meet the thousands of Rajapakse victims who houses were destroyed and set on fire at Aluthgama and Beruwala and some were murdered at the instance of the terror Monk Gnanassara and the all powerful Gothabaya

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