Friday, June 5, 2009

Indian Envoy castigates Navanethem Pillay for remarks on Sri Lanka

We would like to remind all concerned that the independence of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [Ms. Navanethem Pillay] cannot be presumed to exceed that of the UN Secretary-General.

It would be extremely unfortunate if inter-governmental decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council were to be ignored or set aside, and the High Commissioner and/or her office were to misinterpret them or willfully neglect them or supersede them, said India’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Mr. A. Gopinathan, expressing the concern of the Indian delegation to the UNHRC with regard to the remarks made by the High Commissioner on Sri Lanka and the recently concluded Special Session, in her statement.

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