Navi Pillay

  • UN accuses Islamic State of mass killings August 25, 2014

    Geneva: The United Nations condemned on Monday "appalling, widespread" crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners that could amount to war crimes. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned "grave, horrific human rights violations" being committed by Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim group which has seized...
  • Sri Lanka refuses to cooperate with UN probe in war crime allegations April 8, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has refused to cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes during the final phase of the country's civil war, saying it will not subject itself to the jurisdiction of the top rights body. "We will not submit ourselves to this process," External Affairs Minister G L...
  • Ban on gay sex violates international law: United Nations December 12, 2013

    A decision by the Supreme Court to reinstate a ban on gay sex represents a "significant step backwards for India" and violates international law, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Thursday, suggesting the case be reheard. In a major blow to gay rights in the world's largest democracy,...
  • UN: Syria crimes evidence 'indicates Assad role December 2, 2013

    A growing body of evidence collected by UN investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN's top human rights official said on Monday. Navi Pillay, who heads the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,...
  • Syria: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemns use of chemical weapons September 9, 2013

    The UN human rights chief said on Monday there is little doubt that chemical weapons were used in Syria but she did not specify which of the combatants was suspected of using them. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke two days ahead of the expected update from a...
  • UN's Navi Pillay warns Sri Lanka for reprisals against rights defenders September 9, 2013

    Days after her visit to Sri Lanka, the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, on Monday, put the country on notice against reprisals targeting human rights defenders, journalists and communities whom she had met. Pillay's statement is her first official statement to the United Nations since her visit to Sri Lanka...
  • Sri Lankan government ready to probe Pillay's allegation September 1, 2013

    Sri Lanka, on Sunday, said it was ready to probe the allegations raised by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay that some people she met during her mission to probe alleged war crimes committed during the ethnic conflict with the Tamil Tigers had been threatened. Pillay's office must provide evidence to...
  • UN human rights chief slams Sri Lankan ministers September 1, 2013

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay hit back at Sri Lankan government critics for calling her a tool of the Tamil Tigers at the conclusion of her mission in Colombo on Saturday. Pillay said the claims were both "wildly inaccurate" and "deeply offensive", Xinhua reported. The UN envoy said the...
  • Sri Lankan government is becoming "increasingly authoritarian", says UN human rights chief August 31, 2013

    UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, on Saturday, criticised the Sri Lankan government, saying the country is becoming "increasingly authoritarian" despite the end of a civil war four years ago. In a hard-hitting statement at the end of a week-long visit to assess the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, Pillay...
  • United Nations rights chief visits Jaffna, faces protest August 28, 2013

    Families of those who disappeared in Sri Lanka during the three-decade-long ethnic war protested on Tuesday as UN rights chief Navi Pillay visited Jaffna - the former stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers – on a fact-finding mission. Pillai, on a week long assessment visit of the country,was having meetings...
  • UN rights chief demands probe into Egypt crackdown August 15, 2013

    UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday demanded a wide-ranging probe into the bloody crackdown by Egyptian security forces on Muslim Brotherhood protesters. "There must be an independent, impartial, effective and credible investigation of the conduct of the security forces. Anyone found guilty of wrongdoing should be held to account," Pillay said...
  • UN rights body condemns Syria at heated debate May 31, 2013

    Geneva: The United Nations urged Syria on Wednesday to cease heavy weapons attacks on civilians in the rebel-held town of Qusair, in a heated debate that underlined deep divisions among powers even as they seek to convene peace talks in the coming weeks. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution...
  • UN rights chief calls for closure of Guantanamo prison April 6, 2013

    Geneva: The UN human rights chief called on the United States on Friday to close down the Guantanamo prison camp, saying the indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial violated international law. Navi Pillay said the hunger strike being staged by some inmates at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval...
  • US to introduce resolution on Lankan human rights February 20, 2013

    Washington: Deeply concerned about allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in Sri Lanka, the US on Tuesday said that it plans to introduce its own resolution on the issue at the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. "We continue to be deeply concerned by allegations of violations...
  • Sri Lanka war investigation lags, abuses persist: UN February 15, 2013

    Geneva: Sri Lanka is failing to investigate alleged atrocities committed by government forces in defeating a Tamil insurgency and activists and opposition politicians are still being killed or abducted, the United Nations said on February 13. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called on authorities to allow...
  • Syria death toll likely near 70,000, says United Nations February 13, 2013

    United Nations: The death toll in Syria is likely approaching 70,000 - up almost 10,000 from the start of the year, and civilians are paying the price for the UN Security Council's lack of action to end the conflict, the UN human rights chief said on February 12. Navi Pillay,...
  • Strengthen legal regime against rape: UN rights chief January 1, 2013

    United Nations: Expressing "deep sadness" at the death of 23-year-old Delhi gangrape girl, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay asked the Indian government to strengthen the country's legal regime to get rid of the "terrible scourge". The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said rape is a "national problem" in...
  • Situation in Syria is deteriorating, says UN February 28, 2012

    Geneva: There needs to be an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, the UN human rights chief declared on Tuesday, saying the situation has deteriorated rapidly as the Assad regime steps up its onslaught against the opposition. Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the world has to take...
  • Syrian death toll now at over 5,000: UN December 13, 2011

    United Nations: Over 5000 people have been killed in Syria's violent crackdown against protesters, the UN rights chief has told the Security Council, recommending that the regime of President Bashar-al Assad be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay briefed...
  • UN rights chief says 5,000 dead in Syria December 13, 2011

    United Nations: More than 5,000 people have died in the nine-month-long Syrian uprising, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday. Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told on Monday that she told Security Council members of the dramatic increase in deaths during an afternoon briefing. The death toll...
  • Death toll in Syria crackdown more than 2,200: UN August 22, 2011

    Geneva: More than 2,200 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on anti-government protesters since mid-March, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Monday. The previous United Nations toll had been between 1,900 and 2,000. "As of today, over 2,200 people have been killed since mass protests began in...