Probe launched into intimidation of Lankan activists in Geneva

An investigation has been launched into alleged intimidation of members of Sri Lankan civil society in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that he was disturbed to hear reports of intimidation of members of civil society in the Palais des Nations.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that Assistant Secretary-General Andrew Gilmour, the system-wide coordinator for action on reprisals, will be looking into this.

He urged the President of the UN Human Rights Council to also give the cases close attention.

Daily FT reported that on Monday (20), a journalist joining Rear Admiral Weerasekera’s delegation in Geneva, was pulled up by UN security for taking pictures of activists and lobby groups inside Room XX of the Palais des Nations where the Human Rights Council sits.

The Sri Lankan reporter’s mobile telephone was briefly confiscated and the photographs it contained were deleted by security officials.

Several Sri Lankan activists were in Geneva today to express their views on the human rights issue in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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