As Sri Lanka Defense Minister Meets UN Deputy Eliasson, Any Transparency?

UNITED NATIONS, December 16, updated — Sri Lanka defense minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa appears this morning on the schedule of UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson. Given his role in the killings in 2009, Inner City Press once it spotted the appointment on DSG Eliasson’s schedule has this morning asked “Why?” and for a read-out. Below is the refusal. Only a week ago, when the UN sponsored an event about the Genocide Convention on Monday, amid talk of the Holocaust, Rwanda and Srebrenica there was an obvious question: what about Sri Lanka, where the UN stayed silent as 40,000 civilians were slaughtered in 2009?

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Post Sri Lanka RUF Plan to GA Dec 17 by Eliasson, No Gota Read-Out
UNITED NATIONS, December 16 — Despite the UN having described its performance in Sri Lanka in 2009 as a failure and having produced a “Rights Up Front” plan to avoid failing in the future, the status of the plan, and of the UN’s communications with the Sri Lankan government, remain less than transparent.

UN’s Ban on CAR, Says Post Sri Lanka Rights Up Front Not Country Specific
UNITED NATIONS, December 16, updated — Following the UN’s “failure” in Sri Lanka in 2009, this year Secretary General Ban Ki-moon worked on a plan called “Rights Up Front” to try to avoid failing in the future. Now the UN stands accused of inaction in the Central African Republic, by Doctors Without Borders and others.

gota ordered to kill ltteSri Lanka launches diplomatic offensive ahead of UN rights meet[ PTI ][ Dec 16 00:23 GMT ]

Faced with the prospect of a third UN Human Rights Council resolution in as many years, Sri Lanka today launched a diplomatic offensive to counter international pressure over alleged rights abuses during the final phase of the civil war against the LTTE in 2009. Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya, the military spokesman, said some eight video documentaries produced by the army had been dispatched to Sri Lankan missions overseas and the UNHRC member states. “These videos will give real facts about the true situation with regard to allegations levelled by the Channel 4 (British TV) and others,” Wanigasooriya stated adding that “the world will come to know about the many crimes committed by the LTTE”. [ full story |

HC directs to implead Govt officials as respondents[ PTI ][ Dec 16 20:13 GMT ]

The Madras High Court today directed to implead the Defence Secretary, Secretary of External Affairs and Deputy Director General of Indian Coast Guard as respondents on a petition seeking to cancel the proposed sale of two war ships to Sri Lanka. Justice V Sudhakar and Justice S Vaidhyanathan of Madurai Bench also posted the case for hearing to January 7 next year. Earlier the court had ordered the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, to respond to three queries on the proposed sale of the war ships to Sri Lanka. [ full story |