Matthew Russell Lee has written in an exclusive report on Innercity press that the concerns had been raised at a recent meeting held at Canada’s Mission to the UN in New York.
The report has said that Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Shavendra Silva has sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army.
He has 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 had spoken of a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka as none of underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with. He had 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 US and UK, Nigeria, Japan, Pakistan, Montenegro and South Africa.