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Former British Ambassador to UN calls UNHRC resolution “shocking and indefensible”

June 15, 2009

The Times : The United Nations response is shameful
Sri Lanka’s citizens, like so many before them, have been failed by a limp Human Rights Council
Written by Lord Hannay of Chiswick is former British Ambassador to the UN
The decision by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to resist setting up an inquiry into the conduct of both the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military in the recent hostilities is shocking and indefensible. Its rejection too of the advice of the UN’s own High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that such an inquiry was needed, is even more aberrant.

And the resolution that the council did adopt, which implies that no human rights abuses occurred at the hands of the Sri Lankan Government, flies in the face of all the evidence that is emerging, not least from investigations by The Times. Seldom has the dictum that truth is the first casualty of war been demonstrated more clearly.
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