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UN expert to review progress on human rights in Sri Lanka

Oct 09, 2017 19:10 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT – A United Nations expert on transitional justice will visit Sri Lanka on Tuesday to review progress on reforms to improve human rights, and identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the process.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 23 October 2017, a statement said.

The final report on his visit will be presented in September 2018 to the UN Human Rights Council, which has been considering how the island is improving its human rights after the end of its 30-year ethnic war.

The UN said de Greiff will examine progress made in redressing the legacies of massive past violations and abuses, including those that resulted from the conflict.

In 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka committed itself to designing and implementing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy.

“My visit aims to review the progress made thus far, to identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the implementation of the transitional justice and reform process, and to discuss opportunities with the government and Sri Lankan society to overcome these,” said de Greiff.

The human rights expert will meet government officials at central and provincial levels, representatives of the legislature, members of the judiciary, the armed forces, law enforcement officials, religious leaders, political parties, the Human Rights Commission, civil society, victims’ groups, academics, and representatives of the international community.

He is scheduled to visit Colombo and other locations in the south, centre, north and east of the country.
(COLOMBO, October 9, 2017)


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