A group of world leaders formed by Nelson Mandela has urged Sri Lanka to try and avoid another showdown in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by adhering to the recent resolution adopted by the body.
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told BBC Sandeshaya that The Elders are very pleased that UNHRC adopted a resolution urging Sri Lanka to ensure a proper reconciliation process after decades of a brutal conflict.
Saying that the "quite mild resolution" was not a Western sponsored one, Ms Robinson insisted that it was not an attempt to "do down a country."
"We were particularly encouraged that large countries like India and Nigeria supported the resolution".
The resolution adopted by majority vote last week in Geneva called on Sri Lanka government to implement the recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
It is in the interest of Sri Lanka to accept that the majority of governments feel that Sri Lanka must do more for reconciliation
The former Irish president said The Elders also support the UN call for a proper accountability process.
"The scale of the violations alleged is really very grave by international human rights standards," added Ms Robinson.
It is advisable for Sri Lanka, she said, to adhere to the resolution in order not to "come under the radars of UNHRC once again next year," stressing that it is the responsibility of the government of any country to protect civilians, though LTTE is also responsible for gross human rights violations.
"It is in the interest of Sri Lanka to accept that the majority of governments feel that Sri Lanka must do more for reconciliation," said Ms Robinson.
Mary Robinson admitted that not only many countries that supported the resolution, India and United States among them, supported Sri Lanka government's war against the LTTE, but also provided Sri Lanka with arms.
"The elders are unequivocally worried about the extent of the arms race. Generally the supply of weapons that are causing such destructions the money that spent on weapons, the trafficking in weapons,"she said.
"The elders do feel strongly about these issues but the central factor here was the prolonged civil war and to the extent which civilians were not protected." (BBC)
UN or not, I am all for fully implementing the LLRC. LLRC is not just about the Tamil population, its entire country. Whether it has not gone far enough is another matter. What matters right now is that it has some very important recommendations.
K.V.Wajira Hemantha Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:43 AM
The Group Well Said,,,,,,,,,,but the problem is whether our rulers could understand those Language !
Samayan Wednesday, 28 March 2012 04:38 PM
we have respect for you in some extend.Unfortunately you opened your mouth on behalf of Navin Pillai.
James Ratnam Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:48 AM
Thank you, Mr Mandela.
Yuri Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:21 AM
Mr Mandela ,Please do not waste time on Sri Lanka.
anjosh Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:06 PM
Thank You Mr Mandela. Be patient. It is going to take a very long time for our leader to understand what you are telling. Even if they understood, they are not going to accept it.
ind Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:21 AM
Real boot licker. Few of these can sell Sri Lanka.
pandula Rajapaksa Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:40 AM
It is time for President to wake up and do something for the people of this country we dont want a war again it is enough we want peace.
Priya Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:10 AM
The effort our foolish politicians spent trying to oppose the UNHRC resolution, would have been better spent on implementing the recommendations of our own LLRC.
Lincoln Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:58 AM
kukulbaaye Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:26 AM
Thank you Mr Mandela, truth cant be hidden and wounds cant be cured for ever
Ripply Friday, 30 March 2012 08:02 AM
Mr. Mandela, Where were you when LTTE were on rampage ?
anura Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:53 AM
YES INDEED ENCOURAGING WORDS FOR US THOUGH NOT BINDING
DD Wednesday, 28 March 2012 01:21 PM
Kolomba Kaka Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:00 AM
Our heads are so swollen we are unable to hear or see what you people are trying to say!
cxcb Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:49 AM
you are selling it in a bad way for sure.
Psycho Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:09 AM
We respect the elders and I agree.
ind Wednesday, 28 March 2012 06:26 AM
Mr. Mandela, was their any resolution on white rulers who killed your own people up 1990s ? What you have initiate to bring justice for your people before others?
justin Wednesday, 28 March 2012 06:54 AM
A simple answer is "Mind your own business!"
Guru Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:19 AM
Very good advise.
deepal Abayasakar Wednesday, 28 March 2012 04:03 PM
SIR you are a statesmen love by every body in the world ,and the other party is clown
Ruwan Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:26 AM
Justin, how long are we going to say this, and to put us in deep trouble.. virtually digging our own grave..
toosh Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:23 AM
Dear Mr Mandela Kindly forgive the comments made by 'ind' and 'justin'.
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