UN rights chief meets Sri Lankan war survivors
August 27, 2013 10:14AM
Family members of disappeared Tamil people holding pictures of their relatives protest during the visit of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. | AP Photo
Updated: August 27, 2013 11:58AM
MULLIVAIKKAL, Sri Lanka — Survivors of Sri Lanka’s civil war have complained to the United Nations’ human rights chief about missing relatives, military land grabs and a life without basic facilities more than four years after the end of the quarter-century war.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday visited Mullivaikkal village in northern Sri Lanka, the site of the final battle between government troops and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, where scores of civilians are alleged to have died.
Pillay told the survivors that she will raise their complaints with government authorities when she meets them later this week.
Pillay is on a weeklong visit to Sri Lanka to assess the country’s situation before reporting to the U.N. Human Rights Council next month.