UN Human Rights Chief: Sri Lanka heading in an Authoritarian Direction

Sir Lanka is heading in an authoritarian direction claimed Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Sep 1, 2013 14:32 IST
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Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who is on a seven-day fact finding Mission to Sri Lanka on 31 August 2013 stated that the country was heading in the authoritarian direction.

Pillay in her conclusion revealed that although Sri Lanka has an opportunity to develop into a complete new vibrant state after the end of the civil war was displaying complete different signs of authoritarianism. During her visit to the nation she visited to Jaffana, Kilinochchi, Mullivaika and some districts of Trincomalee region.

Pillay called on for a need of investigation into allegations of civilian causalities and summary execution. She also highlighted a need to the question the disappearances and the extent of militarization. To prove her point about Sri Lanka heading towards authoritarianism, she presented the examples of impeachment of the Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Sri Lanka that shook the independence of judiciary in the country and was controversial. She also pointed out the regular and increased attacks on religious minorities in the country.


Sri Lanka's northern region was badly worn out because of 30 years of civil war between the military and the Tamil Tigers.

About the Sri Lankan Civil War

Sri Lankan Civil War was a civil war fought on the island of Sri Lanka. It started on 23 July 1983. The war was actually the movement of insurgency against the Government by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers). LTTE was a separatist militant organisation which fought for the creation of Tamil Eelam, the independent Tamil state.

The civil war continued for almost 30 years and after years-long military campaign, the Tamil Tigers were defeated by the military of Sri Lanka in May 2009. The civil war in Sri Lanka caused hardships not just for the population, but also for the economy and environment of Sri Lanka. Around 80000 to 100000 people were killed during the war.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Visited Jaffna and Other War-Affected Sri Lankan Areas

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