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Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam, who is Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, in a letter to the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneethan Pillay has alleged that Ms. Pillay had violated her mandate by granting excessive support to the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka.

The letter seeks a ‘clarification on the developments that appear to be contrary to the mandate granted to the High Commissioner and her Office by General Assembly resolution 48/141.’

Ambassador Kunanayakam in her letter quotes an email communication circulated by the Chief of the Asia Pacific Division of the Office of the High Commissioner Rory Mungoven, soon after the adoption of the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka. The email dated 22 March 2012 acknowledges the contribution of a number of prominent officials of the High Commissioner’s office towards the passing of the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka. Mr. Mungoven was previously posted in Colombo as Human Rights Advisor.

The letter also claims that the Office of the High Commissioners in the coming months will to also be participating in the implementation of the recommendation made by the Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka to conduct. Ambassador Kunanayakam claims these actions “raises serious doubts about the impartiality, objectivity, and non-selectivity of the work conducted by the staff of OHCHR and their respect for decisions of the Human Rights Council”.

Attached below is the full text of the letter.

"I am writing to you in connection with an email communication dated 22 March 2012 addressed to the staff of your Office by Mr. Rory Mungoven, Head of the Asia-Pacific Division of OHCHR, triumphantly announcing the adoption that morning of the resolution on Sri Lanka by the Human Rights Council, describing it as “the culmination of the sustained and determined work by many in the team and other parts of the house over the past few years.”

I am attaching a copy of the email for ease of reference.

In his communication, Mr. Mungoven pays special tribute to:

(a)    Cynthia Veliko, the OHCHR representative in Colombo, and her team “who have had a difficult task of working through all of this on the ground;”

(b)    “Richard and the colleagues” who supported the Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka “without which this would not have been possible,” thus establishing a link between the adoption of the resolution and the report of the Panel, despite the Council’s rejection of official status to the report at its 18th Session;

(c)    the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and staff of the Special Procedures Branch “who added a powerful dimension to our advocacy; and,

(d)    others involved in your Office’s “own internal documentation exercise.”

In paying tribute to his colleagues, Mr. Mungoven says that the adoption of such a resolution “seemed unthinkable” in the “the dark days of the conflict or the special session in May 2009.”

On your own role and the role of your Office, Mr. Mungoven boasts that it makes him “very proud of the special role this Office can play in not giving up on impunity issues and the strong, personal leadership of the High Commissioner.”

The email further reveals that your staff is now being mobilized, in the same spirit, for the coming months. Mr. Mungoven calls on your staff to prepare “a good follow on strategy” to make most of “new opportunities “opened by the resolution, “and “to pursue this agenda further.” According to the email, your Office is will also be participating in the implementation of the recommendation made by the Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka to conduct “a comprehensive review of actions by the UN system during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath, regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates.”  

It appears from the communication that your Office played a significant role in triggering the adoption of the resolution on Sri Lanka, contrary to the mandate granted to the High Commissioner and the Office by the General Assembly in its resolution 48/141. It also appears that your Office, instead of implementing the resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council at its Special Session on Sri Lanka in 2009, was playing the political agenda of the USA and other Western powers.

The communication raises serious doubts about the impartiality, objectivity, and non-selectivity of the work conducted by the staff of OHCHR and their respect for decisions of the Human Rights Council. As members of the United Nations Secretariat, the staff of your Office are bound by the Charter requirement to refrain from any action which might reflect on their position as international officials responsible only to the Organisation. They are also bound to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, which includes probity, impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness in all matters affecting their work and status; Mr. Mungoven does not have the right to cast aspersions or make negative remarks or draw negative implications from decisions taken by the United Nations organs or bodies.

 I wish therefore to seek clarification on the developments that appear to be contrary to the mandate granted to the High Commissioner and her Office by General Assembly resolution 48/141.

I will to reiterate that we are deeply attached to the independent, non-partisan and multilateral character of your Office, which is crucial not only for its own credibility, but also for the credibility of the Human Rights Council and the decisions that it adopts.  "
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  • RAJU Saturday, 09 June 2012 06:43 AM

    RUBBISH STATEMENT, YOU ARE TRYING TO FOOL THE WHOLE WORLD.

    kumar Friday, 08 June 2012 10:23 AM

    Yes betraying own people for personal gain.

    Psycho Friday, 08 June 2012 10:40 AM

    So again she is trying diplomacy via the media.

    true Friday, 08 June 2012 06:28 AM

    Just another Sri Lankan 'excuse' after international blunders we often make.

    Dadoriya Friday, 08 June 2012 06:31 AM

    What would you say about China and Russia?

    Saskia Friday, 08 June 2012 06:36 AM

    Hello madam, first make sure if you did not act partially. UN Human Rights Commissioner is doing her job very well.

    warElephat Friday, 08 June 2012 06:33 AM

    there should be a disciplinary hearing against Navi Pillay.

    kumar Friday, 08 June 2012 06:41 AM

    What else we can expect from a political stooge?

    Sri Lankan Friday, 08 June 2012 06:43 AM

    Is she trying to convince the authorities in Sri Lanka , so she can keep her job in Geneva?

    Nodrog Friday, 08 June 2012 06:46 AM

    Good move but please don't surrender after a while.

    Sathya Deva Sunday, 10 June 2012 04:45 AM

    South Africa is a hellhole, blacks live like trash there, Navi Pillay an indian woman is at the service of her masters , Indians are super boot lickers.

    tamara Friday, 08 June 2012 12:05 PM

    no support you

    Suppiah Friday, 08 June 2012 12:14 PM

    She is mixing deceit with diplomacy

    Justin Friday, 08 June 2012 12:46 PM

    She is trying a last minute effort to please the boss and is dreaming to continue there in Geneva.

    American Friday, 08 June 2012 01:18 PM

    Is she is the Ambassador to Hambantota

    srilankan Friday, 08 June 2012 08:22 AM

    I really like this tamil lady how she is handling affairs. She is an assert of mother srilanka

    Wijitha Friday, 08 June 2012 01:49 PM

    Poor girl has Lost the Trust and Favour of the Govt. She definitely has missed the boat but desperately trying hard to stay on. Sad.

    haranuk Friday, 08 June 2012 09:40 AM

    For what? For doing her job?

    malkanthi Friday, 08 June 2012 09:46 AM

    This is the only way to gain mileage/ positions in sri lanka.

    Sarathchandra gamage Saturday, 09 June 2012 06:18 AM

    Madam Tamara you are a genuine Sri lankan.We are proud of you . Naneen pille should ashamed of her poor behavior as the head of a international body.

    Indeewara Saturday, 09 June 2012 06:31 AM

    Only sri Lankan Diplomat I have seen with guts to speak her mind........

    union Friday, 08 June 2012 10:21 AM

    Tamara is sill in UN? I though she was asked to leave UN with immediate effect.

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 09 June 2012 06:41 AM

    True, and she has become a crybaby.


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