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Sri Lanka’s human rights record under spotlight at UN review

Nov 10, 2017 21:11 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time next week.

Investigations into alleged war crimes, and investigations into all cases of enforced disappearances, reparations for victims and relatives, and bringing those responsible to justice will be taken up at the meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

“During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country,” a UN statement said.

The delegation of Sri Lanka will be headed by Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs.

The meeting will be webcast live.

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Sri Lanka at 17.30 on 17 November. 

Sri Lanka is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its session taking place from 6 to 17 November.  Sri Lanka’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2008 and November 2012.

The UN said the reviews are based on information provided by the state under review, reports of independent human rights experts and groups, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities, and information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
(COLOMBO, November 10, 2017)


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