Saturday, March 13, 2010

UN Hands off Sri Lanka

On March 12, 2010 a large number of Sri Lankan expatriates in New York gathered outside the UN Headquarters amidst a steady downpour and freezing temperatures to protest against UNSG Ban Ki-moon's announced intention of establishing a Panel of Experts to look into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

The protestors who represented the consortium of Sri Lankan Associations in New York held placards which carried slogans demanding "UN Hands off Sri Lanka", "UN refrain from selective approaches", "Sri Lanka does not need unsolicited advice" etc. The protestors distributed handbills to the large crowds that thronged the Dag Hammarskjold Park opposite the UN Headquarters where the demonstration took place. There was a visible presence of the international media.

A representative of the protestors handed over a memorandum to a representative of the UN Secretary-General's Office of the UN Headquarters and engaged in a conversation with UN officials. The protestors carried Sri Lankan flags and banners and chanted slogans for several hours gaining attention of UN delegations and the large number of tourists that daily visit the UN Headquarters.
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