19 November, 2018

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UNHCR Helped Sri Lanka Work Towards Accountability Issues: Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) has helped countries such as Sri Lanka work towards its accountability issues.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Speaking at an event to mark the UNHCR’s 10th anniversary, Moon said that human rights are, sadly, “under attack” worldwide, and therefore UNHCR must increase its impact on the ground over its second decade.

“The Council’s work on Burundi, Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria and many other places has helped the international community to respond to human rights emergencies and work towards accountability,” he noted.

Moon said that over the past decade, human rights mechanisms have been strengthened, with such instruments as the Universal Periodic Review, which periodically examines the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States.

In particular, Syria figured high in the UN Chief’s speech. “For five years, the people of that country have endured horrific and widespread human rights abuses including extrajudicial executions and torture,” he said, noting that over 250,000 Syrians have been killed, and nearly half of all Syrians have been displaced from their homes.

The UN chief said an important task for the 47-member Human Rights Council is to reinforce the links between human rights, peace and security, and development. “While Member States have the primary responsibility for upholding rights, it is Member States that are all too often in breach of their commitments,” he said, urging the Human Rights Council to more than ever pursue its work with courage and persistence.

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    ‘helped’ … you mean dragged kicking and screaming with no real results yet.

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      United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

      Can you please get UNHCR, USA, The West, and those who are responsible of the lies and fiasco of Iraq and Syria to be accountable.

      The issues in Sri Lanka are very minor on a global scale.

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    Wonder any one give two cents about what DO Nothing Ban Ki.

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    Either UN is suffering institutional memory loss or someone is trying to mislead UNSG:

    ”The Council’s work on Burundi, Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria and many other places has helped the international community to respond to human rights emergencies and work towards accountability, he noted.” – As UN Human Rights Council marks 10th anniversary, Ban urges body to increase ‘impact’, 15 March 2016, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53452#.VunajOKLTIV

    ”Unfortunately, we have seen tens of thousands of people killed since Srebrenica and in Rwanda. In several situations we have seen millions of people displaced because of atrocities or risks of mass atrocities since then. And when the Secretary-General got the report from the Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka – where Charles Petrie was the main author of that report – he asked me to take this work forward with the intention of making a very serious effort to react more systematically when we see human rights violations that could risk turning into mass atrocities.”- Deputy Secretary-General’s press conference on Rights up Front Action Plan New York, 19 December 2013, http://www.un.org/sg/dsg/dsgoffthecuff.asp?nid=270

    ”On 12 April 2011, the Panel of Experts presented its report to the Secretary-General, along with a memorandum stating its view that while many UN staff had distinguished themselves during the final stages of the conflict, some agencies and individuals had failed in their mandates to protect people, had under-reported Government violations, and suppressed reporting efforts by their field staff. The memorandum said that the UN “did not adequately invoke principles of human rights that are the foundation of the UN but appeared instead to do what was necessary to avoid confrontation with the government.”2 The memorandum described the failure to act by Member States as a low mark for the UN. ” – REPORT OF THESECRETARY-GENERAL’S INTERNAL REVIEW PANEL ON UNITED NATIONS ACTION IN SRI LANKA, November 2012, http://www.un.org/News/dh/infocus/Sri_Lanka/The_Internal_Review_Panel_report_on_Sri_Lanka.pdf

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    He is the most unpopular secretary general in the history of UN….

    His daughter is married to an Indian Bengalai Siddartha Shankar Roy this how poverty India influenced him during the massacre of Tamils …and even after retirement malayali Satis Nambiar ex-UN chief of staff holding a post at UN and travel with UN passport because of this Moon.

    Ex-US ambassador Bolton was right UN has once again proved a useless organization ..

    Ruwanda….Serbenica …Sr Lanka

    Well done UN

    Cheers

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    Truth be told, the “UNHCR Helped” by procrastinating and dragging their feet to the point that justice which is now delayed, will definitely be denied. Also, ‘UN-HELPED’ by looking the other way when genocide was occurring here in Sri Lanka and yet again, when this country’s democratic establishment was being destroyed and the minorities were being ethnically cleansed by a ruthless dictator and his murderous family. Ever since, the lenses of Ban-Ki “Moon” has remained tainted. The UN under his inept leadership has become a shameful organization that many brave leaders around the world have called to be either ousted, shut down, silence or replaced to suit the dynamics of a modern world with influence and representation by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), Scandinavian Europoe, the Balkans, EU, ASEAN and the Arab League.

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    Readers, please spare this poor fellow who serves his killer masters at his best. Let the Dead be the Dead and the caravan move on further with its killing spree.

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