UN: SL gov't harassed rights activists -
03-23-2012, 06:25 PM
The U.N. human rights office says Sri Lanka's government harassed activists who traveled to a meeting in Geneva this month to campaign for an investigation of alleged war crimes during the country's quarter-century conflict with the Tamil Tigers.
A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says members of the 71-strong official government delegation were among those who intimidated activists ahead of Thursday's U.N. vote.
Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that pro-government media in Sri Lanka had been running "a continuous campaign of vilification" of activists.
He said Sri Lanka's ambassador in Geneva had also received an anonymous threat.