The Joint Opposition with over 50 MPs in the democratically elected Parliament have not been invited to meet the visiting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), MP Dinesh Gunawardena said.

From the media we hear that he is meeting all different groups, Gunawardena added.

If the Joint Opposition’s voice is not heard by any UN agency, how can they call themselves democratic, he noted, adding that he hoped that within the next few hours the UN and the UNHCHR would act in a democratic fashion by granting them an audience.

The petition collecting signatures towards urging President Maithripala Sirisena to protect war heroes from an international inquiry which was signed on February 08 by MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, is expected to be signed by the Joint Opposition in front of the Parliament on February 09, he remarked.

“We handed over a letter to the UN office in Colombo to be handed over to the UNHCHR explaining violations of the sovereignty, independence and norms of justice expected of the UN Charter. We have highlighted their total disregard for truthful figures concerning those who have supposedly disappeared and the fact that they are carrying on with hearsay figures,” he outlined.