Sri Lanka: Oral Intervention at the UN Human Rights Council on Deteriorating Human Rights in Sri Lanka | Video

Oral Intervention by Vanitha Selvarajah at the UN Human Rights Council

On March 4, 2013, Vanitha Selvarajah gave an oral intervention on behalf of LRWC at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka. In her address, Ms. Selvarajah notes the increased level of militarization leading to the suppression of free speech, the breakdown of the rule of law, and the loss of any democratic space. Ms. Selvarajah also voiced LRWC’s concern over the Sri Lanka government’s attacks on the UNHRC’s credibility, impartiality, neutrality, and integrity, and encouraged the UNHRC to continue to advocate for cessation of systemic human rights abuses in Sri Lanka and to call for remediation of past violations.

(Ms. Selvarajah’s address begins at 59:47)