Oct 10 (Island) A collective of Sri Lankan human rights organizations yesterday urged the government to address accountability issues or face the consequences at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Senior representatives of 32 organizations made representations to Human Rights Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday at his ministry as regards their submissions to Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on No 1, 2012.
Minister Samarasinghe explained post-war initiatives on the part of the government to address accountability issues.
Having met the minister, attorney-at-law Sampath Pushpakumara told The Island that they had an opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to the forthcoming UPR. Responding to a query, Pushpakumara said that their submissions to the UPR were available with the minister as it was the normal practice to release such documents before the meeting.
Pushpakumara said that their campaign was on track in spite of the government’s efforts to discredit them as traitors.
The UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF), too, made representations to the UPR process recently. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran told The Island yesterday: "GTF and other Tamil Organizations along with all other international human rights institutions will not rest until justice is served and the appalling human rights conditions for all in the island come to international standards. We will take every single opportunity presented at international and local events to expose the human rights abuses that continue with impunity."