UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa assailed the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday in his address to the UN General Assembly, calling its probe into Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war disproportionate and politically motivated.
Sri Lanka has refused to cooperate with the Human Rights Council’s investigation into the deaths of some 100,000 people since it was announced in March, despite mounting international pressure to issue visas to UN investigators.
“Post-conflict Sri Lanka has also become an unfortunate victim of ill-conceived agendas of some in the Human Rights Council,” Rajapaksa said in his address to the 193-member UN General Assembly, adding that the body was overlooking Sri Lanka’s “substantial progress” since the war ended in 2009.
“There is a lack of balance and proportion in the manner in which my country is being targeted today,” he said, adding that there were more pressing emergencies elsewhere in the world.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa (R) gestures during the opening of the Conference of Asian Political Parties in Colombo on September 19. Rajapaksa assailed the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling its probe into Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war disproportionate and politically motivated – AFP