UN team briefed on Sri Lanka’s post conflict ‘progress’
Tamil Guardian 15 September 2012
The visiting United Nations office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) that arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday was briefed about the post-conflict ‘progress’ on human rights in Sri Lanka.
Upon their arrival, the United Nations team met Sri Lanka’s Minister of Economic development, Basil Rajapaksa, who issued the usual Sri Lankan government discourse on post conflict development.
Minister Rajapaksa also stressed that the government is now focused on “winning the hearts and minds,” of the minority community, and described the recent ruling party victory at the Provincial Elections as a success in obtaining the support of the minority community.
See the TG view of the provincial election results here.
The UN team is expecting to visit the war-torn North-East to get a firsthand look at the government attempts of resettlement and other issues.
The Sri Lankan government has expressed concern over a recent Memorandum of understanding, signed between the US Embassy in Colombo and the Trincomalee Urban Council, to establish an ‘American Corner’, a public information centre.
A Sri Lankan military soldier is suspected to have perpetrated the rape of a 7 year old girl in Nedunkeni, Vavuniya, reports Uthayan.
The incident led to a protest by local Tamils, demanding that the culprit be arrested.
Sri Lanka's Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister, Mervyn Silva, has decided to launch a hotline for public complaints, reports Colombo Page. The hotline would allow the user to choose their language of choice,