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 Sri Lankan Navy arrested over 300 Tamil Nadu fishermen on Wednesday reports Deccan Chronicle. Whilst over 200 were later released, reports suggest 100 remain in custody and have been taken to Trincomalee.
The Sinhala head of the Catholic Church, Malcolm Ranjith, slammed any notion of foreign intervention, warning that the government's failure to resolve "issues", could trigger international investigations, reported Adaderana.