UNHRC disassociates itself from screening Ch-4 film

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has disassociated itself from the screening of the Channel 4 film ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ to be held on Friday (01) in Geneva at the UN premises.

In response to a protest lodged by Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha last Monday, which was followed up with a meeting on Tuesday, the President of the UN Human Rights Council Ambassador Remigiusz A. Henczel in a letter dated 27 February 2013, has observed that such events “do not reflect an official position of the Council”, the Sri Lanka mission in Geneva said in a statement.

In his letter, President Henczel has observed that “the participation and consultation with the observers of the Human Rights Council, including INGOs, is based on arrangements, including Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996, and practices observed by the Commission on Human Rights (rule 7 of the Council‘s Rules of Procedure)”.

He further notes that “NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC have the right to organize side events”, and that “a large number of such meetings take place in the margins of the session and they do not reflect an official position of the Council”. He however adds that “the organizers of side events take full responsibility for the content of their events”.

Sri Lanka on Monday lodged a formal protest against the screening of the latest Channel 4 film. In his letter addressed to Ambassador Remigiusz Achilles Henczel, President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Aryasinha had observed that, “Sri Lanka views this film, as well as the timing of its broadcast as part of a cynical, concerted and orchestrated campaign that is strategically driven, and clearly motivated by collateral political considerations”.
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  • terrance Thursday, 28 February 2013 01:11 PM

    Why not see what GOSl capable of it, simply why are you afraid of this film?

    Siripala Friday, 01 March 2013 04:44 AM

    They should screen the film. True colors of all will be revealed. either we are right or wrong. thats should be shown.

    russel Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:03 PM

    nice film like a "24 hours"

    S.Sriranjan Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:10 PM

    This means Watching the No Fire Zone is Optional???

    Navimanail Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:44 PM

    Outside C4 how, inside Navi P show. An annual circus to those interested in HR.

    Silva de Mervin Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:23 PM

    They now know how to play the game that we are good at...

    Manamendra Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:28 PM

    ekane kiwwe. The "cry baby" tactics don't work. Workout something diplomatically. It's a shame to note our diplomatic department is a disaster.

    kirthi Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:26 PM

    The Mirror should print Henczel's whole letter. He also says he encourages all who participate to behave with the appropriate level of dignity and respect and that "all of us will have to respect and tolerate arguments, ideas and words expressed by others that may at times be uncomfortable to listen to."

    RajasH Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:41 PM

    there will be a denial by UNHRC soon
    followed by a clarification from Sri Lanka

    Burul Thursday, 28 February 2013 01:01 PM

    ManOmendara, keep your silly thoughts to yourself. You are a useless citizen.

    ajj Thursday, 28 February 2013 01:08 PM

    Thanks UNHRC


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