Sri Lanka’s Ex-Ambassador: “I blocked UN rights council from investigating our war”

Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to the UN in Geneva, who used to regularly deluge diplomats and activists with multi-megabyte emails and photos detailing his latest activities, is claiming credit for blocking an attempted UN Human Rights Council inquiry into his country’s war with the Tamils.

According to Dayan Jayatilleka, “Even the Richard Goldstone report on Gaza got only 25 votes, but we managed to secure 29 for Sri Lanka at the special session.”

The ex-envoy spoke of his radical Marxist past, and his connection with “dear friends” such as Jean Ziegler, the 1989 co-founder of the Moammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize, and recently-elected VP of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.

1 Response to “Sri Lanka’s Ex-Ambassador: “I blocked UN rights council from investigating our war””


  • Sri Lankan ambassadors sent by successive governments to the UN have been chosen for this capacity to block the UN from acting on their human rights violations and have been very successful. This shows how the UN can continue to be a platform for the oppressive states and the oppressed have no representation at the UN.
    Hence there needs to be urgent need for UN reform but then members who want to hide their human rights records exceed those who need NOT do so and hence it is going to be difficult to see any reform at the UN. The oppressed have no future in this world unless the oppressors themselves change their heart.

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