Sri Lanka slams UN rights body

COLOMBO, August 28, 2013 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s president has criticised the UN Human Rights Council as its top official toured the battle-scarred nation to probe alleged war crimes, according to state media Wednesday. President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is on a trip to Belarus, has told his counterpart Alexander Lukashenko that both nations are being targeted unfairly by the UNHRC whose chief Navi Pillay is visiting Sri Lanka.

A banner headline in the Sri Lankan state-run Daily News branded the UNHRC an “anti-Lankan catspaw”.

“President Rajapakse condemned the practice of certain countries using the UN Human Rights Council against countries such as Sri Lanka and Belarus,” the paper said.

Pillay, who had earlier called for a war crimes investigation against Sri Lanka, told reporters at the start of her week-long visit that she was only holding Colombo to human rights standards agreed by all nations including itself .

“I am not writing my own statute. I am looking at the (human rights) framework that was also developed by Sri Lanka,” she said.

“If I raise criticism, it is on whether they (Sri Lanka) comply with those standards,” she added. “I have not come to criticise. I have come to raise human r