Sri Lanka – Renewed Call for Investigations
Posted on June 3rd, 2010

Ira de Silva London,  Canada

Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 17:56:29 -0400

Ms. Navanetham Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
Geneva, Switzerland
CC: UN Secretary General 
Dear Madam:
I note that you have renewed your call of investigations into alleged war crimes committed during the last stages of Sri Lanka’s conflict with Tamil terrorists, namely the LTTE. I presume that this renewed call is because it is the anniversary of the death of Velu Pillai Prabhakaran, a fellow Tamil also named Pillai who probably was your hero and you are once again seeking revenge at his death and trying to punish Sri Lanka as you attempted to do last year.
Once again I would like to point out to you that trying to use your position at the U.N. to further your own vindictive agenda is unethical, prejudicial and far from being just. Even last year after a resounding vote against any such investigation as proposed by you a report stated that you “took the extraordinary step seeking to override the decision taken by the world body”.  It exposed a vindictive mentality which is unbecoming of the post you now hold at the UN. The UN is supposed to act fairly, without prejudice and treat all member states the same whether large or small, rich or poor. It appears that you do not have that capacity when it comes to Sri Lanka. I would remind you of what your fellow Indian Mr. Gopinathan, India’s Permanent Representative said to you –  it would be extremely unfortunate if inter-governmental decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council were ignored or set aside and that you or your office were to misinterpret them or wilfully neglect them or supersede them. 
Although you  remain convinced that establishing an independent international accountability mechanism  would enjoy public confidence, both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, please realise that Sri Lanka has no confidence in you and last year it was made very clear that 29 countries representing five billion people have no confidence in you either. Your statement of May 31,2010 indicates that you remain prejudiced, biased and vindictive which is clouding your judgement. One year later it seems that you are wilfully neglecting the decisions of the council and trying to supersede them which Mr. Gopinathan warned you not to do. In short, you not acting as an employee of the U.N. should. It is high time that the Secretary General reviews your performance and takes appropriate action to ensure ethical, impartial behaviour or remove you from your post.
Yours truly,
Ira de Silva

2 Responses to “Sri Lanka – Renewed Call for Investigations”


    Ira, have you posted this letter to Navi? If not, I hope you would. Cheers!

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    IRA ! Ban Ki Moon and Navi Pillai, are not so strange bedfellows, and they are acting in consonance. Sri Lanka has to seriously think of a new forum of friends, with China, Russia, Iran etc, to meet head-on with this fear mongering, unscrupulous individuals. There is a limit to harrassment and arm twisting. Sri Lanka will meet them in the ring. They are asking for a Nandikadal.

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