UN Expert on freedom of religion or belief to visit SL

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The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from August 15 to 26, the UN Office in Sri Lanka said today.

Issuing a statement ahead of the visit, Mr. Shaheed said he would look at how Sri Lanka promotes and protects the rights to freedom of religion or belief.

“The visit will be an opportunity for me to have an open exchange with the government to try to gain a better understanding of how it upholds these rights. I also look forward to learning about the efforts of the government in developing and maintaining peaceful coexistence among different religious communities,” Shaheed said.

The Special Rapporteur will examine the progress made in the implementation of recommendations during the visit of the former UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir, in 2005.

He will also aim to identify any existing or emerging obstacles to the enjoyment of the freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka by all and will present recommendations aimed at overcoming such obstacles.

During his 12-day mission, Shaheed will meet government officials, representatives of religious or belief communities, civil society organisations and the UN. He will also visit areas away from the capital, Colombo.

Shaheed will present a report with his conclusions and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2020.

  Comments - 6

  • SL Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:22 AM

    So the conclusion is bomb blast due to no freedom for US supported ISIS? let all the Estern province temples are bulldozed and grow pepper.and let churches be bombed. get lost !

    Jeeves Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:18 AM

    Freedom of religion or belief? Is he serious? Sri Lanka must be the only non- Muslim country where we have the call to prayer on loudspeakers even at 4.00 am!

    Cham Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:29 AM

    Freedom from religion is important too.

    Dilshan Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:30 AM

    The UN really needs to prioritise their efforts where it is legitimately needed. E.g. Middle East, Israel, Pakistan, Bible Belt of USA

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:46 PM

    Just because this man is a Muslim, don't think he's coming just to see how Muslims are being treated. I think the UN is more concerned about the fact that in the past year, 63 Christian places of worship have been attacked by thugs led by Buddhist monks.

    Dudley Kamal Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:45 PM

    Sri Lanka is a country which had religious freedom from the inception more than 2500 go. Our kings allowed non Buddhists to follow their religion. This is quite contrast to western world where so called no believers executed. During colonial days they try to destroy Buddhism by various ways. We Sri Lankans do not need anybody's lecturing about religious freedom. Recent incidents mainly initiated by Muslims. First you go to Muslim countries and find out religious freedom in these countries.

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