UNHRC 34 opens, Zeid’s annual report notes Sri Lanka

The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council opened in Geneva today with UN Secretary General António Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein calling on the Council to ensure the rights of all communities are protected around the world.

The session will see Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein submit a report on Sri Lanka and a discussion also taking place on the progress made so far on addressing the issue of accountability during the war.

In his annual report, which has already been submitted to the Council, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein notes that in Sri Lanka, his office supported National consultations on establishing credible, effective and comprehensive transitional justice mechanisms, and provided advice on domestic screening processes and frameworks for the protection of victims and witnesses.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also notes that his office advised the Government on the establishment of a domestic screening process for personnel identified for deployment to United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is leading a delegation to the session and he will deliver Sri Lanka’s National statement tomorrow.

In his opening speech during the 34th session today, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that when a State accedes to a human rights treaty, enshrines those obligations in constitutional and domestic law, and implements them, then with the passage of time the average citizen ­– the individual holder of those rights – may take them for granted.

“It is like breathing air. One does not think several thousand times a day about the need to inhale oxygen – even though one’s very existence depends on it happening, each time. Only when the air supply is cut off does its significance become shockingly acute. Similarly, it is only when rights are no longer upheld, the individual concerned understands with sharp clarity just how critical they were to a meaningful, dignified existence,” he said.

He said that political leaders who today wage campaigns against universal human rights, or threaten withdrawal from international or regional treaties and the institutions which uphold them, must recall what the world has achieved over seven decades – and what the world stands to lose if their threats succeed in choking off universal human rights. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. its a very laughable fact that the same country that the so called ‘commissioner’ comes from, practice all what he preaches? cutting people’s head off ( according to their law) any country has the right to adapt their own laws ( to cut heads off or arms etc..lolz) to suit their taste. I would strongly suggest that this joker first should focus on his own back yard rather than trying to advocate to others what to do.

  2. When the so called super powers kill millions of civilians on the pretext of eradication of terrorism and violates human rights of millions of civilians all the over the WORLD, I fail to understand why they are after the only Nation that completely Erased Terrorism from her soil and talk about human rights of Terrorists???

  3. srilanka has involved in worsted criminal activities in country mr Rajapaska is main caused for killing the civilian as terrorist tamil must get there right . human right must do there duty in justice for tamil, criminal must punished USA president, former president was fail to do for srilanka,

    • What about the crimes committed by Tamil Tiger Terrorists? Where’s the justice for all the civilians killed by LTTE outfit? Who’s going to pay for those war crimes? Justice cannot be one sided. You don’t even have the guts use your own name instead pretending to be a Sinhalese. Typical of you Tamils!

    • It not only the Tamils , how about the Sinhalese during the JVP insurrection. Any meaning and truthful inquiry should address all atrocities, inrespective of who committed them.

  4. Two more corrupt officials remain in UN namely, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein who is American with Muslim name and other one is the ‘lady Suka’. Once these people are removed from UN, there will be relief for small countries. There is no charge for killings by US or UK showing the unfairness of UN.


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