UNHRC blind to reconciliation efforts
The resolutions moved in the Human Rights Council when the country
has made significant strides in the reconciliation front are indicative
of some states' intention to intervene in Sri Lanka's internal affairs,
Director of Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry's Department for
Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Anatoly Viktorov said on
Speaking to media in Colombo after a three day official visit to
assess Sri Lanka's human rights situation ahead of a crucial round of UN
Human Rights Council session in Geneva next month, the Russian envoy
said judging by past developments in various UN bodies including the HRC
against Sri Lanka they have come to that conclusion.
"The level of confrontation and politicization of the issues at the
UNHRC is incredible. It is even higher than the UN Security Council
which is a political body. "
He said this is one additional proof, that Human rights agenda is
constantly being used by some countries as a device or a tool for
foreign policy issues.
"We cannot exclude that in some extreme situations, country specific
resolutions could be needed. But in many cases like Iran, Sri Lanka and
certain others we do not agree with the approaches for country specific
He said war crimes should be investigated in any country, not just in
Sri Lanka but Russia was not of the view that an international inquiry
is necessary on Sri Lanka.
He said any impartial observer should admit that Sri Lanka has shown
progress in addressing many post conflict issues.
"Nothing would come out of
the international investigation. It is difficult to compare
conflicts, people's suffering.
You cannot compare Rwanda and Sri Lanka. The intensity, scale and
scope of the crimes are different but still if crimes have been
committed they should be and must be investigated," he said.