Darusman report subterfuge :
Sri Lanka briefs regional representatives
The Sri Lanka delegation to the 18th UN Human Rights Council sessions
has held several rounds of talks with several regional representatives
to the sessions and briefed them about subtle attempts to illegally
sneak in the Darusman panel report to the sessions without formally
including it in its agenda said leader of the Sri Lanka delegation,
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday.
He said the regional representatives were told that if such a thing
happened it may be a precedent for taking such action against them in
the future too.
The minister said these talks were held with delegates of 57 non
aligned countries representing the African, Latin American, Asian and
The Sri Lanka delegation told these representatives that it was
unjustifiable to submit the Darusman panel report to the UNHRC sessions
when a local commission has been appointed by the Sri Lanka government
regarding this report and it has not completed its work. The Sri Lanka
delegation also told them that the Darusman report has not still
divulged its sources of information and as such there were serious
doubts about its contents.
The majority of the representatives present accepted the views of the
Sri Lanka delegation and arrived at a consensus as a matter of policy.
Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and
Parliamentarian and Presidential Advisor Sajin Vaas Gunawardena also
participated in the discussions.