Human rights activists in Sri Lanka were victimized during and after the passing of the US-led resolution in the UN Human Rights Council in March, Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief, revealed last week. Her report to the UN secretary general on ‘Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rihts’ was released last Monday. It provides information for the period June 2011 to July 2012 on “alleged reprisals” against “individuals and groups who seek to cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights.” Other countries referred to in the report are Algeria, Bahrain, Belarus, China, Colombia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malawi, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Pillay says the adoption of the resolution on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka “resulted in significant escalation of hostile and defamatory media reporting in Sri Lanka, which primarily focused on human rights defenders in Geneva.” It says Sunila Abeysekera, Nimalka Fernando and Sandya Ekneligoda were questioned or harassed in Geneva either by members of the Sri Lanka embassy or by members of the Sri Lanka delegation.]]>

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