The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has received four reports on Sri Lanka’s human rights situation. The Council is to discuss the four reports at the sessions due to commence on the 30th.
The four reports have been presented by a group of 30 NGOs, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government and the UNHRC.
The details in these four reports are to be discussed in order to compile one report. India, Spain and Benin have assigned representatives for this purpose. The Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka will be carried out on November 1st based on the details in these reports. The Sri Lankan government will be represented by a delegation led by Special Envoy for Human Rights, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.
Ever country in the UNHRC has to face a UPR, but the forthcoming review would be important to Sri Lanka since it will be held after the UNHRC adopted a resolution on the country in March this year.
The report by the three countries reviewing Sri Lanka would be made public on November 6th.
Samarasinghe’s delegation would include the legal advisor to the Cabinet, Mohan Peiris, officials from the Attorney General’s Department and the External Affairs Ministry.