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Ban Ki-Moon appoints Head for review into UN conduct

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed former Under-Secretary-General Thoraya Obaid to conduct the review into the UN’s activities during and after the war in Sri Lanka, as suggested by the UN Panel of Experts.

The Panel made following recommendation to the UN in their comprehensive report released in April 2011, which is now being examined by the Human Rights Council:

“The Secretary-General should conduct a comprehensive review of actions by the United Nations system during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath, regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates.”

Ms. Obaid, a Saudi National, is the former head of the UN Population Fund.

Although her mandate is to examine the actions of the UN and its staff in Sri Lanka, it is expected that the conduct of the Sri Lankan government will also be commented on.

The review, starting in October, is expected to last 4 months.

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