Storm is brewing at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the world’s Human Rights parliament?

The jagged asymmetry in the treatment of Sunil Ratnayake and Hejaaz Hizbullah is the most telling symptom and best illustration of the state of human rights and justice in Sri Lanka today, as well as of the character of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime. 

Ex-Army Sergeant Ratnayake, a Sinhala-Buddhist, was serving a sentence upheld by highest courts for the crime of cutting the throat of a five-year-old Tamil child. He was pardoned by the President and welcomed on release by the current Secretary to the Ministry of Defence. Hizbullah, a young Muslim, a Supreme Court lawyer and British Chevening scholarship winner, has been in custody for nine months with allegations by the authorities (including Ministers) of involvement in the Easter Sunday bombings, but without being charged in a court of law. 

Should anyone be shocked, surprised or indignant that a storm is brewing at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the world’s Human Rights parliament?

http://www.ft.lk/columns/A-reckoning-in-Geneva/4-712219

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