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US, UK urge Lanka to support probe

2014 Sep 09

The United States and Britain today urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the probe on the war by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Keith Harper, making a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at its 27th session today, hailed the role played by the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the Sri Lankan issue.

“We also extend thanks to outgoing High Commissioner Pillay for her stewardship of OHCHR, especially the leadership she showed in focusing the world’s attention on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and encouraging meaningful accountability and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka,” he said in his statement.

Harper said that the United States also looks forward to OHCHR’s report on Sri Lanka and once again call upon the government of Sri Lanka to cooperate with the investigation.

Meanwhile the British delegation in Geneva, in it’s statement, also backed calls to the Sri Lankan Government to support the investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UK Mission to the UN urged Sri Lanka to facilitate access and ensure those cooperating with the investigation can do so without fear of intimidation or reprisals.

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