UN rights chief warns Lanka

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The UN's human rights chief Thursday warned Sri Lanka not to take too long in probing war crimes allegations, saying failure to carry out a credible inquiry could lead to international action.

"There is now a high level of expectations expressed by member states that Sri Lanka should seriously inquire into these allegations" of prisoner executions and assaults, said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"But this should not be an open-ended process," she stressed, noting that a previous Sri Lankan internal inquiry "failed to complete its task, never published its report and never led to a single prosecution."

"If that should be the case again, there is an intention for the international community to take further action. I certainly believe that the Human Rights Council should actively consider this matter," said Pillay.

Pressure has mounted on Colombo since Britain's Channel 4 broadcast a documentary that showed what it said were prisoner executions and bodies of female Tamil fighters who appeared to have been sexually assaulted.

A recent UN report accused government forces of war crimes, alleging that they executed rebel leaders who had surrendered.

An estimated 100,000 people were killed in the nearly four-decade-long Tamil separatist conflict, which began in 1972.

Pillay's remarks echoed that of the United States, which on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to move quickly to address allegations of war crimes.

Colombo has questioned the authenticity of the Channel 4 footage but said that a local panel, known as the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, would take action if the allegations are proven. (AFP)

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  • sparks Friday, 01 July 2011 06:22 AM

    Your sinhalese arrogance shows. It is similar arrogance that showed in 1977, 1983 and now shown on C4 that has bought disastrous mayhem to this country. Even after so many incidents, we still have not learnt to respect our neighbour, races, religeons and understanding of another community.

    sparks Friday, 01 July 2011 06:24 AM

    You may be right...but better late than never. The criminals are still around and need to be sent to their rightful places, even if it is late.

    Thushara Friday, 01 July 2011 10:51 AM

    Sri Lanka also should start warning other countries in the world starting from Maldives.

    Harfim Friday, 01 July 2011 02:35 AM

    The High Commissioner must start with warning USA and Britain first in regard to their criminal activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. The atrocities committed by these two world powers were and are far greater in intensity than the Government of Sri Lanka which was trying to bring civility to our country.

    Coolson Friday, 01 July 2011 06:28 AM

    So, Bin Laden has been categorized as a "terrorist" who is responsible for the killings of approx 5,000 Americans! And that megalomaniac ruthless terrorist, Prabakaran who is responsible for nearly 100,000 killings of Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, is a "rebel"! What a ridiculous situation?

    mayu Friday, 01 July 2011 06:24 AM

    Everyone cannot be the leader. Majority should listen.

    Rian Friday, 01 July 2011 02:41 AM

    Navi Pillay should start with War in Iraq, Afghanistan. Initially we should prosecute the real war criminals who invaded countries for profit (OIL) how about that lady ?

    why the double standard??

    Javi Friday, 01 July 2011 06:29 AM

    At least realize wrong approach at this last moment.......else.......

    Ahmed Friday, 01 July 2011 06:30 AM

    Dear All
    Last 3 years nobody died of terror act In Sri Lanka this is because HE President got ride of them and all
    now he should get ride of all un patriotic party politicians from our land
    ICC can issue sommuns to anybody can they come and take him from sri lanka thats over my dead body

    mayu Friday, 01 July 2011 06:25 AM

    So this is going to be beginning of the tough period for this beautiful country. May the concern party pay attention to safe their country first rather than protect the individuals!

    Ahmed Friday, 01 July 2011 06:32 AM

    Pillay should cry for Velu pilly thats natural dont worry she will be replaced soon or die of cancer

    Nighthawk Friday, 01 July 2011 06:29 AM

    Well said Pillay, start acting, dont stop with just statements

    Heamu Saturday, 02 July 2011 12:26 AM

    Navi Pillay, LTTE Navi Pillay,
    TAMIL Diaspora Navi Pillay, TAMIL Diaspora

    Mohamed Saturday, 02 July 2011 12:40 AM

    Then who is she?

    sparks Friday, 01 July 2011 11:53 AM

    The point is whether they will listen...

    MagodisThuma Saturday, 02 July 2011 01:26 AM

    What's her Idea about the extrajudicial killing of Bin Laden !.

    atch Friday, 01 July 2011 06:54 AM

    may be true, but how come 2 years became 3 now?

    Malin Friday, 01 July 2011 12:13 PM

    Mr.Tamil Diaspora, I have spoken again for you guys. Where are my dollars?

    Rana Saturday, 02 July 2011 02:17 AM

    Why should we worry if our Army has not done any crimes. Face and clear the name.

    Mr Retort Friday, 01 July 2011 03:31 AM

    Our pointing finger at here and there may not work and time is ticking eventually making all Sri Lankans to pay for work of few

    dilhan Friday, 01 July 2011 03:39 AM

    Don't tell do. make action

    Xman Saturday, 02 July 2011 02:55 AM

    Super comment...yeah.

    peterw Saturday, 02 July 2011 03:02 AM

    Well said Madam Pillai. They will never get it. IC's acction is must.

    mike Friday, 01 July 2011 01:03 PM

    has Srilanka listned???? ha ha ha

    Tpeiris Saturday, 02 July 2011 03:12 AM

    fake is made up by those who are paid...

    hadirarampola Saturday, 02 July 2011 03:51 AM

    How come all these events being unfolded against GoSL who eliminated terrorism ,thus derailing certain Western political interests favourable to them in the back drop growing chinese supermacy?

    Najumudeen Saturday, 02 July 2011 03:56 AM

    You came to this position because of Nelson Mandela, a real patriot with tolerance and peace. If you are a truthful person to him, speak about the atrocities of western powers not about a government that eradicated the No.1 terrorists in the world.

    Ravi Friday, 01 July 2011 01:46 PM

    Now the MR govt ministers going to say Navaneetham pillai is a LTTE supporter.

    LASANTHAV Friday, 01 July 2011 01:42 PM


    Jayantha de Alwis Saturday, 02 July 2011 05:02 AM

    We all know that It's almost impossible to rehabilitate these brain washed terrorists. In order to have a peaceful land to live for the other peace loving citizens, we need to get rid of these social pests. Why can't the international community see the present peaceful atmosphere in Sri Lanka?

    anura Saturday, 02 July 2011 05:06 AM

    Aiyo, leave Sri Lanka alone. What has happened to this Pillay? We knew about human rights long before the west came to know about the human rights. We can manage our affairs without any advice from so called international community and human rights watch.

    THE UNDERTAKER Saturday, 02 July 2011 05:34 AM

    @Rana- bcos- they are done something fishy -and even the evidence to C4 was given by our own army chaps for money- this is known and open fact-

    das Friday, 01 July 2011 04:48 AM

    But didnt u know that the powerful ones can do what they want?

    Penny Friday, 01 July 2011 04:53 AM

    Navi Pillay, is she independent or proached in by the LTTE diaspora. Her history has been always covering LTTE and pointing finger at SL. She should be sacked for racism and biasness

    LOL Friday, 01 July 2011 04:53 AM

    So, Accepting the UN and C4 claims that there were war crime...

    Thomas Friday, 01 July 2011 03:05 PM

    Take things serious, and act cautiously

    Niranjan Friday, 01 July 2011 05:00 AM

    Navi,start this war crime probe from the British citizen who garlended ltte woman carders with cyanide capsule around their neck.She is still living very close to you.

    mansam Friday, 01 July 2011 05:00 AM

    What a nice statement..."Rebel leader surrendered."
    When did Prabahakaran became a Rebel leader he is a terririst who killed innocent people of this country

    giri Friday, 01 July 2011 03:18 PM

    well said Sparks, war crimes cannot be spwet under the carpet because the majority race feels that is it justified.

    gunda Friday, 01 July 2011 03:18 PM

    pillai's tribal blood is boiling. tribalism is not a good trait for this high UN position. please sack this racist woman from un.

    Yehiya-Doha Friday, 01 July 2011 03:25 PM

    Sad story of sri Lanka future.

    giri Friday, 01 July 2011 03:25 PM

    No they will say her name sounds tamil, so she is LTTE :-)

    TMA Friday, 01 July 2011 05:07 AM

    Yeah, even if we get sanctions is MR gonna do a single sacrifice? he'll keep on living his luxurious life. It's the ppl who'll suffer

    Lahiru Friday, 01 July 2011 03:28 PM

    Baduth hambuduruwange Naduth hamuduruwange...

    It shouldnt be taken seriously ... she is speaking as a tamil .. not the UN Rights chief.

    LOLI Friday, 01 July 2011 05:03 AM

    I think, Her history has been always voicing for tamils and pointing finger at SL. that means SL was doing something terrible always. if anyone talk about tamils, in your terms its LTTE. otherwise no politics. if you want to sack for racism and biased, then first place is for SL.

    Buwa Friday, 01 July 2011 03:30 PM

    Navi Pillay the puppet and shoes of the US

    chryshan Friday, 01 July 2011 05:04 AM

    If somebody has done crime it should be investigated and punished. Why should we worry on Iraq or Afghanistan. Since our Govt is sure no crimes done we should allow them to investigate.

    Hash Friday, 01 July 2011 05:05 AM

    If its not true and boating about in all the rallies, why cant they just slam it front of the UN so they will shut up for good ?!!

    LOLI Friday, 01 July 2011 05:10 AM


    Sanjaya Friday, 01 July 2011 03:54 PM

    Probe navi Pillai. Must be atIger Mole in the UN.

    Citizen perera Friday, 01 July 2011 05:10 AM

    Sprats can not fight with wales.

    I Hussein Friday, 01 July 2011 05:10 AM

    Thats not the point now. Better stop playing that record time and again saying US did this and that (they can and they will justify anything they do). Its a volatile situation though many at home dont understand the consequences yet.
    Better get out of this mess as fast as SL can by diplomatic means. There is no other remedy.
    Pep talks, patriotic shows will not work, do understand that. Its better the President act with the support of all parties (pls no UPFA, JHU or MC members - that will make things worse)

    Mashook Friday, 01 July 2011 05:10 AM

    Old woman, Go home and see what are the duties of your husband and children, Do you atleast know what L.T.T.E. has done to Sri Lanka for the past 3 decades, how many thousands blood they (L.T.T.E) has sucked. How many got widowed, childless, lost their body parts, lost their properties, how much our government would have spent to make the situation normal, compensation to relevant people, Study thoroughly and come to a conclusion you old woman.

    S Kumaran Friday, 01 July 2011 05:17 AM

    Harfim, Please watch the C4 documentary, then you will realise ……the truth........

    cecil p Friday, 01 July 2011 05:23 AM

    There is a stench to identify that many are in the payroll of the Ex

    Prasad Friday, 01 July 2011 05:19 PM

    Have you got another dollar increment recently?

    Niv Friday, 01 July 2011 05:42 AM

    I think you are confused with the terms, 'rebels' and terrorists, most of the time close relationship between them. so many countries are with rebels who resists control (extreme level) or authority on their people by others. some rebels are certified 'terrorists' for their own actions and others certified for few power's political agenda.

    Konde Bendapuchhena Friday, 01 July 2011 05:47 AM

    She is well back by Diaspora,that is why she got the job as she hail Tamil background from Durban,South Africa

    Maru Yaka Friday, 01 July 2011 05:48 AM

    My dear pillay, how come i hear your voice after 03 dacades! Were the UN a sleep all this while?

    Guru Friday, 01 July 2011 09:55 AM

    What a fantastic statement.

    Gayan Samarasekara Friday, 01 July 2011 05:58 AM

    I watched. There was nothing convincing me. A hindi film can be more realistic than that. It was a weak documentary by CH4.

    sparks Friday, 01 July 2011 06:09 AM

    These are arguments when one is unable to counter accusations with honesty, logic and transparency.

    Trinco Friday, 01 July 2011 10:21 AM

    Very interesting time ahead?

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