RADDHO concerns about reprisals against activists


raddho_0Considering the communication of Special procedures, RADDHO welcome the report A/HRC/22/67, on Agenda items 3, 4, 7, 9 and 10. RADDHO also welcomes (1) the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka of 31 March 2011; (2) his Internal Review Panel report on UN action in Sri Lanka and (3) the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on advice and technical assistance for the Government of Sri Lanka, on promoting reconciliation and accountability (A/HRC/22/38).

It is our view, that the above mentioned reports mirror the current situation in Sri Lanka.

RADDHO is pleased to see this wider acknowledgement throughout the UN human rights mechanisms by mandate holders, treaty bodies and VVIPs of the United Nations. We salute and appreciate the dedicated contributions made by courageous local and international human rights defenders.

RADDHO would like to underline concerns already expressed about reprisals against those who cooperate with the UN Human rights mechanisms.

We would also like to add that misinformation spread in this council and internationally, denying the grave and serious human rights situation in Sri Lanka, is deliberately distributed with the aim of avoiding accountability. Sadly, such misinformation can appear to be true and appealing to those who do not know the historical facts and current realities in Sri Lanka.

Our organization wishes to express its shared views in line with the recommendations of the Forum on Minority Issues, in that, minority-sensitive intercultural education approaches must be adopted. We also support the recommendation that governments must develop and implement education policies that are inclusive and targeted, in order to ensure all persons belonging to minority groups are given access to high-quality education.

RADDHO hopes that members and observer States of this HRC will address these issues in cooperation with the UN VVIPS and other actors.

Intervention by Visuvalingam KIRUPAHARAN