Published in the Daily Mirror on Nov. 11 ::
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has supported the views of UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Sri Lanka and agreed with Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate in the investigations on alleged war crimes and human rights abuses.
“The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid and he agrees with High Commissioner Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate. And we will continue to urge that they do so,” Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General FarhanHaq told media in New York.
Last week, Zeid said Sri Lanka’s continuing campaign of distortion and disinformation about the OISL and attempts to prevent witnesses from submitting information to it was an affront to the UNHRC mandated investigation.
He said the government’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation should not be used to undermine its integrity.
“Instead it raises concerns about the integrity of the government in question. Why would governments with nothing to hide go to such extraordinary lengths to sabotage an impartial international investigation?” Zeid asked.