Navi Pillay

  • Sri Lanka refuses to cooperate with UN probe in war crime allegations 08-04-2014 06:02 PM

    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...
  • Ban on gay sex violates international law: United Nations 12-12-2013 03:43 PM

    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...
  • UN: Syria crimes evidence 'indicates Assad role 02-12-2013 11:40 PM

    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...
  • Syria: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemns use of chemical weapons 09-09-2013 06:12 PM

    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...
  • UN's Navi Pillay warns Sri Lanka for reprisals against rights defenders 09-09-2013 06:03 PM

    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...
  • Sri Lankan government ready to probe Pillay's allegation 01-09-2013 05:40 PM

    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...
  • UN human rights chief slams Sri Lankan ministers 01-09-2013 05:11 AM

    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...
  • Sri Lankan government is becoming "increasingly authoritarian", says UN human rights chief 31-08-2013 04:14 PM

    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,...
  • United Nations rights chief visits Jaffna, faces protest 28-08-2013 01:15 AM

    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 15-08-2013 11:34 PM

    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,"...
  • UN rights body condemns Syria at heated debate 31-05-2013 08:33 AM

    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...
  • UN rights chief calls for closure of Guantanamo prison 06-04-2013 06:57 AM

    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...
  • Situation in Syria is deteriorating, says UN 28-02-2012 08:33 PM

    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...
  • Syrian death toll now at over 5,000: UN 13-12-2011 11:27 AM

    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...
  • UN rights chief says 5,000 dead in Syria 13-12-2011 05:13 AM

    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 in Syria crackdown more than 2,200: UN 22-08-2011 07:37 PM

    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...