UN to look into alleged torture of staff member in Sri Lanka

Farhan HaqThe UN says it will look into allegations that one of its staff members was abducted and tortured when he served in Sri Lanka.

Responding to a question posed by Innercity Press, Farhan Haq the Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the UN has a duty to all staff members to make sure that their basic rights are respected.

“If there’s a report of a staff member being tortured, we would have to take that up. We’ll need to follow up on… on what happened with this particular case,” he said.

Innercity Press reported that a UN staff member had made a witness statement to the team from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, investigating Sri Lanka, in which he states that, during the time he was in Sri Lanka he was picked up by a “white van” and tortured.

He has said that despite being a UN employee absolutely nothing was done for him since and he is now in exile in Chennai in Tamil Nadu. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. The main problem in UN is that many people do not believe UN as an impartial body. Many ‘American supporters with Muslim names’ operate UN according to USA’s needs; so it does not look like USA is behinds ‘jobs’. So the victims are innocent UN workers. Firstly UN should show it is impartial to small countries.

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