OHCHR says it can probe without coming

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Days after the announcement that Sri Lanka had decided to deny access to the UN investigation team, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said yesterday it had developed extensive methodologies to deal with situations where access had been denied.

OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville told Daily Mirror the OHCHR could do a ‘full and thorough investigation’ even without access to the country.

“The investigation will take place either way. It will be better to have access, but it is still possible to do a full and thorough investigation without it,” he said.

Referring to examples of investigations carried out by independent Commissions of Inquiry on Syria and North Korea, Mr. Colville said the OCHCR was able to produce detailed reports and gather lots of evidence without access to these two countries to investigate human rights violations.  

“The OHCHR has developed an extensive methodology for dealing with situations where access is denied,” he said.

Earlier, UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay requested the Sri Lankan Government to co-operate with her team of officials to conduct investigations. However, the Government formally communicated to her office that it would not do so.  It even decided to deny visas to members of the investigating team should they apply.

The Government had also decided to take a vote after a two-day debate in Parliament on a resolution underlining its refusal to cooperate with the OHCHR investigation. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 11

  • Roshan Tuesday, 17 June 2014 05:50 AM

    [quote name="ind"]Very nice. Then then can get evidence from Tamil Diaspora. Sometimes the so called "witnesses"have never been to Sri Lanka at anytime![/quote]
    Then allow them to come to Sri Lanka, if you have not done anything wrong.

    Prasannajit Tuesday, 17 June 2014 05:53 AM

    What is it that the government want to hide?

    seeya Tuesday, 17 June 2014 05:34 PM

    Do u let ur neighbours come and investigate ur family problems

    Exhorcist Tuesday, 17 June 2014 06:19 AM

    So the secession is already made against us and it's no use beating the parliamentary bush

    Azee Tuesday, 17 June 2014 02:24 PM

    If SL wont extend cooperation there is nothing they can do. via DM Android App

    Lankan Wednesday, 18 June 2014 02:40 AM

    seeya dont talk nonsense. If you dont like leave the UN first. if we dont look into the concerns of the family member and he asks the neighbour to intervene then it is unavoidable. you cant expect the neighbour to only help you to deal with the family member. it works both ways. via DM Android App

    willows Tuesday, 17 June 2014 06:34 AM

    so the report is already done??

    ro Tuesday, 17 June 2014 04:12 PM

    Jobless people via DM iPad app

    Ajith-k Tuesday, 17 June 2014 04:42 AM

    Why not.... You can. You have already written the report. So why are you bother to come here. Witnesses are also with you. So do it at your home. If you come here we have to provide security.

    JAyawaywa jayawayawa Tuesday, 17 June 2014 04:55 AM

    pls do it without being late. Bcos we are fed up in this country law and order

    ind Tuesday, 17 June 2014 05:10 AM

    Very nice. Then then can get evidence from Tamil Diaspora. Sometimes the so called "witnesses"have never been to Sri Lanka at anytime!

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