Sumanthiran meets Zeid, discusses concerns raised by Tamils

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member of Parliament M A Sumanthiran met the UN High Commissioner for Human Right Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein today and discussed concerns raised by Tamils.

The meeting comes as Zeid prepares to make an oral update on Sri Lanka at the ongoing 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Zeid Ra’ad had said earlier this week that there needs to be inclusive and meaningful engagement of all Sri Lankans when implementing the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last year.

Speaking during the opening of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that in Sri Lanka, the Government’s efforts to implement its commitments in Resolution 30/1 will require a comprehensive strategy on transitional justice that enables it to pursue different processes in a coordinated, integrated and appropriately sequenced manner.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is to present an oral update on Sri Lanka on June 29 based on his visit to Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Earlier this week Sumanthiran also had talks with US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal during a visit to the US. (Colombo Gazette)