UN Committee accused of being biased

govtThe United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee has been accused of being biased by the Government.

Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Committee had failed to note murders carried out by the LTTE in its review of Sri Lanka.

Responding to a question raised at the post cabinet press briefing today, Rambukwella questioned as to why the UN Human Rights Committee did not note the killing of nearly 700 policemen by the LTTE during the war.

In its observations, the UN Human Rights Committee had raised concerns over the lack of progress into the investigations in the murder of five students in Trincomalee in 2006.

“That shows very clearly how biased they are. There were more serious incidents right around. There were 700 policemen who were killed, blindfolded after being asked to surrender. Have they mentioned about that? I can mention 101 cases like that,” Rambukwella said.

The UN Human Rights Committee, while taking note of some positive developments in Sri Lanka, also raised several concerns and proposed recommendations in its concluding observations made yesterday on the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka.

The Committee considered the fifth periodic report submitted by Sri Lanka at its meetings held on 7 and 8 October and yesterday it made available its concluding observations. (Colombo Gazette)

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