Tamil NGO delegates intimidated at UN Human Rights Council
Tamil Guardian 02 March 2012
Tamil NGO delegates were subject to intimidation tactics by members of the Sri Lankan delegation reported the news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP), on Thursday.
Delegates were targeted with photography and video inside the main plenary room at the UN, and during side line event hosted by Sri Lanka. A formal complaint has been lodged with security officers, AFP reported.
A Tamil delegation, including members of the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Tamil Youth Organisation UK (TYO UK) and US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) were attending the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The UN is yet to decide whether there will be a domestic or international accountability mechanism to deal with the findings of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) investigation into Sri Lanka’s atrocities,
The Chief Minister of the Northern Province CV WIgneswaran urged British MPs at the All Party Parliamentary Group For Tamils (APPGT) to avoid supporting any form of domestic inquiry in Sri Lanka, during his visit to the UK earlier this month.
Sri Lanka’s cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne reiterated the new government’s stance of rejecting the demands by the Tamil National Alliance for a federal solution to end the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a United National Front campaign rally killing at least one person on Friday, reports Agence France Presse.
The shooting occurred after the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake spoke on stage at the rally in Colombo.
Speaking to press after the incident,