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UN Wants Razeek’s Death Investigated

Jul 31, 2011 2:54:27 AM - thesundayleader.lk
The UN Human Rights office is calling for an investigation into the death of a prominent human rights defender, Pattani Razeek, whose body was exhumed last week.

“We hope that investigation and prosecution of this crime will now be expedited, and that there will be similar progress in resolving the many thousands of outstanding cases of disappearance in Sri Lanka,” the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

Pattani Razeek, the Managing Trustee of Community Trust Fund (CTF) and a leading member of regional NGO networks, was last seen near a mosque in Polonnaruwa on 11 February, 2010.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also said it hopes that similar progress will be made in uncovering the truth behind the disappearances of several thousand individuals both during and since Sri Lanka’s conflict.

“We further encourage the Government to seek the assistance of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, which has 5,653 outstanding Sri Lankan cases on its books, by inviting it to visit the country,” the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. (See inside page for full story on Pattani Razeek)