Canadian Tamil Congress meets with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid R’aad
Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) President Raj Thavaratnasingham along with members of Global Tamil Forum (GTF), USTPAC and British Tamil Forum (BTF) met with United Nations High Commissioner Zeid R’aad in Geneva yesterday morning just before the High Commissioner’s oral presentation. The UN Commissioner was accompanied by Mr Thomas Hunecke, Deputy Chief of the Asia/Pacific Division of OHCHR, and Ms Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch and Mr Anton Nikiforov of the HC’s cabinet.
CTC thanked the High Commissioner and the OHCHR staff for their work on Sri Lanka that brought about 7 important reports and recalled the hope it instilled on the victims for justice. We brought to his attention the dangerous erosion of trust in the Sri Lankan government and the Human Rights Council process due to the lack of progress on implementing Resolution 30/1 and the need for it to get it right this time.
GTF team along with CTC, USTPAC and BTF also had a joint high level meeting yesterday with the Swiss, US, UK and German missions in Geneva on Tuesday. We made a case for explicit references on time-bound process during the interactive dialogue (ID) on Wednesday. 27 countries spoke at the ID following the High Commissioner’s oral report, and many reflected our requests during the meetings.
CTC, USTPAC and BTF also had a very productive meeting Wednesday evening with a team from the Northern Muslim civil society that came from Sri Lanka. We have agreed and identified some joint measures that will help to build good relationship between the Muslim and Tamil communities in the North East.
CTC takes this opportunity to thank its team that was in Geneva for the past one month during the 34th session.
For further information please contact Raj Thavaratnasingham in Geneva at 416-522-9972.