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Visiting UN Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay yesterday went off her provided schedule, and had met a prominent Christian Priest in the Trincomalee District.

The sudden change in plans was not informed to her security contingent who were taken unawares, reports said. However sources said that the meeting had been arranged by the UN office in Colombo.

Discussions between her and the priest had lasted for close on an hour after which she had left for Colombo.  Accordingly she had met Fr Y. Yogeshwaran, a prominent human rights activist of a non-governmental Organization named Jesuits Academy-Foundation for Nonviolent Communication, located at Inner Harbour Road, Trincomalee.

It is learnt that the father had handed over a report containing details of missing persons and highlighted four main points in the report. It is learnt that a copy of this particular report had earlier been handed over to the UN Rights Chief by Tamil National Alliance members.

Ms Pillay also held talks with Eastern Province Governor Mohan Wijewickreme and government agents in the province at the Governor’s office in Trincomalee. She had been briefed on the development activities in the area.

  Comments - 29

  • silly Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:32 AM

    The minister is over-reacting for something she did not utter. It qppears that the Govt is already nervous on what her final report would be.

    citizen Saturday, 31 August 2013 01:22 PM

    yeah do whatever is right because you have the power bias totaly arrogant way of thinking like the ltte. srilanka should be like india not becoming westernise for sake of it which is what is happening

    Ra Si Friday, 30 August 2013 04:10 PM

    We know that. But U guys do not do the right things. That is the problem.

    Sam Friday, 30 August 2013 12:35 PM

    It is people's power is the strong and final. If people's power is there, no matter who governs. They have to safeguard democracy and rule of law.

    Dil Thursday, 29 August 2013 07:16 AM

    Yes she is Tamil but she was born and raised in South Africa (her farther is Tamil) and I don't think that South Africans are speaking Tamil.

    I rarely saw sinhala fluent or at least speaking children out the Sinhlese who migrate to Western or any European Countries.

    So why expect her to speaking in Tamil?

    DAVID Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:51 AM


    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:50 AM

    Dont talk, just try it and see the repercussions.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:48 AM

    But the southern fools have accepted a bigger meglomaniac who is bankrupting the country and selling the country to China.

    N K Ratnam Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:45 AM

    Human rights protect the common man from abuse by people in power. Those who criticise NP should realise that it is for their own protection from the people in power should be held accountable for their actions that violate human rights.

    Those in power will always manipulate the defenders of human rights as enemies of the state. In actual fact they are defending themselves not the state. By portraying this as a Tamil issue the government is deflecting the attention from their continuing abuse of power. If Weliweriya killings do not open the eyes of those critical of HR defenders then they will be condemned to learn the hard way. It will be their sons and daughters who will pay the ultimate price in the hands of the HR abusers. in power.

    Namasthe Je Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:43 AM

    Sam, In other words our opposition is yet not strong enough to come to power?

    Asokamala Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:21 AM

    Others stay anonymous in fear of regime. You guys stay anonymous because you wash dirty linen.

    Mason Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:18 AM

    We only hope that her visit restores human rights to the people of the country, which is slowly but surely being usurped the present regime.

    Sam Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:15 AM

    Majority of Sri Lankans do not know that Human Rights are their Rights. It is a very pathetic situation in the Sri Lankan society.

    Concerned Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:08 AM

    I thought the government has given permission to the Commissioner to go anywhere and see anyone in the country!

    PRASANNAJIT Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:43 AM

    Yes, correct words should be mentioned on sensitive issues.

    Namasthe Je Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:19 AM

    Please execute your duties within the framework of your purview as Human Rights Commissioner. Sri Lankans are fully capable to understand what is right and wrong!!!

    ANTON Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:32 AM


    Citizen Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:29 AM

    Why not we get out of UN voluntarily? Then there will be no Pillai menace in the future!!

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:25 AM

    We have enough Snake Charmers in our Parliament !

    ANTON Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:19 AM


    Anonymous Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:14 AM

    “Ms Pillay has visited Sri Lanka on the invitation extended to her by the government"

    and then he says

    "she is here of her own will and has her own fact finding mission."

    Guest Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:54 AM

    Today no one can expect fairness in politics as the governances were depends on culprits to achieve their aspirations.

    mercy Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:35 AM

    She has not ordered but strongly reccommended , recommendations are not followed then the next step command she is more knowledgeble andf advanced.

    Suq Madique Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:34 AM

    That was also the mentality of those in the north and east when the LTTE was in charge but you all accepted it then.

    Anonymous Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:31 AM

    seems like Navaneedam pillay is the only hope for our fellow desperate bring her for next election , lol

    Bandu Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:13 AM

    okata thamai kiyanne illan kanawa kiyala.

    Kalum Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:51 AM

    Government cannot deny her visa since we beg donations from IMF and WB so they can dominate on us.

    Ranjith Silvar Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:46 AM

    Knowing the snake is always good!.

    unchikun Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:31 AM

    Madam, Sri Lanka is the 3 Monkey country, "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". Please only look at the roads being built and do not look at the %.

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