United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, welcomed UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Navi Pillay’s report on Sri Lanka in his opening remarks at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today,saying “I welcome the High Commissioner’s report on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.”
He said High Commissioner Pillay has been a fearless defender of the most vulnerable, she has been on the frontlines of crises and an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights and an eloquent voice against racism, xenophobia and intolerance. She has been creative, persistent and patient in our vital efforts to strengthen the treaty body system.
This is not a time for farewells – she will continue to lead the OHCHR for a number of months to come. But I know you join me in this early tribute to express our appreciation, respect and deep gratitude to High Commissioner Pillay.