|UK's double standards exposed!
GoSL questions UK s impartiality, motives
The Sri Lankan government said that UK s statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had exposed their double-standards in the contentious issue of human rights.
A spokesman for the GoSL told The Island that the UK had conveniently forgotten atrocities committed by UK and US forces following the invasion of Iraq on the pretext of looking for weapons of mass destruction.
Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Jeremy Browne had failed to comment on allegations against Western forces deployed in Afghanistan and a range of other issues, including the UK s role in the CIA s rendition programme, where those arrested for terrorism had been secretly moved to interrogation
facilities in various parts of the world, where they were often tortured, the official said.
Had the UK been genuinely concerned, it would have also referred to the situation in Libya, where those backed by UK and its partners assassinated ousted Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi in his home town, Sirte last October and the execution of surrendered unarmed Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, last May, the official said. The UK couldn t be unaware that United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navi Pillay, whose work Minister Browne admired during his speech at the 19th sessions of the UNHRC, sought an explanation from the US regarding the circumstances in which bin Laden was executed in May last year.