UN investigation

commission of inquiryReplying to questions on the UN investigation on Sri Lanka on 03 November 2014 press briefing Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General said “I don’t know of the existence of these forms or whether there is a police action against it.”

Question:  The question of Sri Lanka, to clarify something.  A pro-Government newspaper there has reported that the Government is searching people down for having “blank human right complaints forms” to the inquiry of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.  And since, obviously, there are people who are now charged with this and on the run, I wanted to know:  Can you state from this podium or sometime today, are there even… do such forms even exist?  Is there a blank form for this inquiry?  And if so…

Spokesman:  I don’t know.  You may want to refer that question to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights here.

Question:  Okay.  Even if it were to exist, should people be hunted down for having these forms?

Spokesman:  Obviously, I can’t tell you… I don’t know of the existence of these forms or whether there is a police action against it.  Obviously, it’s important that people have the right to cooperate, should they wish, with any UN human rights investigation.  (UN.ORG)

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