Human Rights Council "Deal" Predicted for
Sri Lanka by Co-Candidate Japan
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
the UN: News Analysis
May 19 -- In the run-up to Wednesday's election of Human Rights
Council members, much of the debate has centered on Sri Lanka.
Rights Watch directs member states and the public to a website
opposing Sri Lanka's re-election.
in a recent on-the-record briefing of the press, Japan's Deputy
Representative Takahiro Shinyo put forth a different perspective,
candor to possible deals or exchanges of promises impacting upon the
deal making played a role in putting Libya on the Security Council, and
kept Venezuela off it.
Mr. Ban with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, in
NY to campaign for HRC
There are six
candidates, including Japan, for
Asia's four seats on the Human Rights Council. Ambassador Shinyo was
asked about his country's chances,
as well as Sri Lanka's. He answered at length:
As far as the election
issue is concerned, I think we are not speculating the other countries'
and I think it would not be pertinent to say that Sri Lanka will win or
So I would like to [garbled] this question. Of course, I know that
been criticisms coming from the international community to that
country, and so of
course this issue must be handled, must be addressed, and I understand
there has been a committee already created between some foreign
expertise and the Sri Lankan government, to which I think one Japanese
professor was also a member of. And they have been discussing and
Sri Lankan government, how to see and how to handle the issue, how to
the minorities and so on...
But most of the NGOs are saying that
it is not enough. And so, let's see whether this will affect the Sri
position. It will be of course, be clear, on the 21st of this month. No
has a perfect record with regard to human rights. There is no country
this issue, including my own country, including also the host country
country is free of human rights abuse. So that's the reason why we have
every efforts to overcome or try to cooperate with the other
organizations and also be transparent to the NGOs. We receive, of
frankly, the criticism. And we have also such issues... If the election
could be made in order to comply with the highest standard of the UN
then I think it's fine, but election is a give-and-take process. And so
something inconvenient, something inappropriate, could also happen,
exchange of the promise. Because every country wants to become a
then I think there will be a deal, so to speak. So this deal does not
necessarily represent the highest standards."
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