No need to go to Colombo says UN

He told the Colombo Gazette that some 10 bus loads of people mainly from Vavuniya and Mannar, which were preparing to leave Vavuniya, were blocked by the police.Ganeshan said that the police had warned the people that there was information the buses may come under attack when heading to Colombo. The police had this week blocked a group of people heading to Colombo from the north to take part in a demonstration over the disappeared, Tamil politician Mano Ganeshan said. The United Nations (UN) says there is no need for people from the north of Sri Lanka to go to Colombo to provide information to the UN on any issue.Responding to reports that hundreds of Tamils from the north were prevented from heading to Colombo this week to stage a demonstration and handover a petition to the UN country office, a UN spokesman in New York said there are other ways to communicate with the UN. “Well, there would be other conduits to be able to provide information if people feel they have information that they wish to hand over to the United Nations.  There are other ways to do it if they cannot reach Colombo.  So I am sure that that would be possible, to be able to receive information and not just via the country team in the country,” UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. The US Embassy in Colombo had called on the Sri Lankan authorities to allow free movement of these citizens as the right to freely express opinions is universal and protected under Sri Lankan and international law.The Embassy also said that the United States is constructively working with international partners to support these basic freedoms through the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution in Geneva.“We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to follow through on its own commitments to its people by implementing recommendations made in their Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report;” the Embassy had said. (Colombo Gazette)