In the opening statement the new UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is due to make at the 27th session of the UNHRC on 08 September 2014, he has asserted that he encourages Sri Lankan authorities to cooperate with the probe on Sri Lanka led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the interests of Justice and accountability.
He has expressed concern over the threats that are currently being levelled against the human rights community in Sri Lanka as well as on the prospective victim and witnesses.
” Moreover, I attach great importance to the investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by this Council, on which OHCHR will report later in the session. I encourage the Sri Lankan authorities to cooperate with this process in the interests of justice and reconciliation. I am alarmed at threats currently being levelled against the human rights community in Sri Lanka, as well as prospective victims and witnesses. I also deplore recent incitement and violence against the country’s Muslim and Christian minorities.”
The 27th regular session of the Human Rights Council will be held from 08 to 26 September 2014 in Geneva.