US human rights diplomat to visit Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – A senior United States diplomat in charge of human rights will visit Sri Lanka this week for talks on how the government is meeting commitments made to UN Human Rights Council on tackling war crimes and reconciliation.

A US embassy statement said Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will visit Sri Lanka and Cambodia from July 12 to 20, where he will engage with government officials and local civil society representatives.

“In Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will focus on Sri Lanka’s continued progress in meeting the commitments made during last September’s UN Human Rights Council session,” it said.

“He will also discuss the work that remains in the areas of justice and reconciliation, and confirm that the United States continues to support Sri Lankan efforts to tackle these issues.”

Malinowski’s visit follows that of US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal who travels to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this week.

In Colombo she meets with senior government officials, political leaders, and civil society representatives to discuss bilateral economic cooperation as well as democratic governance and reconciliation.
(COLOMBO, July 11, 2016)

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