She will also meet representatives of civil society and undertake field visits to the north and east of the country.At the end of her visit, on Saturday 31 August, the High Commissioner is due to hold a news conference in Colombo, her office said in a statement today. (Colombo Gazette) Pillay is scheduled to call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and meet government ministers and officials. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will hold talks with senior judicial figures during her visit to Sri Lanka this month.Her office confirmed today that she will make an official visit to Sri Lanka from 25 to 31 August 2013, at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government. She will also hold talks with senior judicial figures, members of the National Human Rights Commission and the committee monitoring the National Plan of Action on the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt Reconciliation Commission.
State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene had said this week that political forces working against the Government must take responsibility for the incident. The Defence Ministry had this week expressed regret over the incident. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered an investigation into the action taken by the police on a group of disabled soldiers at Galle Face earlier this week.The Prime Minister told Parliament the incident where the police had used tear gas and water cannons on the disabled soldiers during a protest near the Presidential Secretariat will be investigated. The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the disabled soldiers who protested near the Presidential Secretariat demanding pension. (Colombo Gazette)