Matthew Russell Lee wrote in an exclusive report on Innercity press that the concerns had been raised at a meeting held yesterday at Canada’s Mission to the UN in New York.
The report said that Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army. He said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations and form an opinion.”
At the May 6 session, Inner City Press was informed that Canadian Permanent Representative Guillermo Rishchynski spoke of a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka as none of underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with. He particularly regretted the harassment of civil society in wake of Navi Pillay’s visit.
Also in attendance at the session were representatives of Norway, the United States and United Kingdom, Nigeria, Japan, Pakistan, Montenegro and South Africa. The last of these said they would refer the concerns back to their capital to determine next steps. (Colombo Gazette)