SL will respond to questions at UPR today

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Sri Lanka makes its presentation at the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in Geneva today.

The Lankan Delegation is headed by presidential envoy for human rights and Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe. It comprises officials from the  External Affairs Ministry, Justice Ministry and the Attorney General's Department. The delegation would answer questions, which are supportive and critical of the country’s progress since the end of the conflict.

A number of challenging questions will be posed by UN member States and International Civil Society groups on a variety of issues. Among questions that have been posed are --The democratisation of former conflict-affected areas of the Northern and the Eastern provinces, rehabilitation of child soldiers, investigations into disappearances and missing cases and the prevention of torture.

The Sri Lankan delegation will use the five-year Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights as its main policy document.

Questions have been posed by the US, Britain, Canada, member states of the European Union and Cuba, China, and Pakistan.

Sri Lanka will be assessed by a committee headed by India, with Benin and Spain as its other members. The assessment will be based on a
combination of reports submitted by the government, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and Civic Society groups.

The UPR is a process that takes place on a four-year cycle to assess the progress of the state of human rights in member countries. (Dianne Silva)
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  • CHANDANA RAJAPAKSE Friday, 02 November 2012 02:07 AM

    ara duminda wage APATA MOKUTH MATHAKA NE KIYANNA

    Hussain Buhary Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:41 AM

    GL should have been included at least on command of English language and articulation, Samarasighe is no where close to him

    Big Ears Thursday, 01 November 2012 02:41 AM

    Nothing but fairy tales. Tell them to the birds.

    Lanka Muslim, UK Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:48 AM

    The attempt to impeach the Chief Justice following the Supreme Court decision on the un-democratic Deveneguma Bill will be a new reason that the SL delegation might give to show that the the Govt. works in the general interests of the people than of a few who sit as Judges.

    jeyarajah Friday, 02 November 2012 03:05 AM

    So,you mean Minister Mahinda Samarasingha's lies are easy to believe.

    true sri lankan Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:29 AM

    God be with us. Unfortunately thinks are not positive for us past few months. I do agree GL also should be included in the team.

    dots Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:37 AM

    These are true UNPers , Ranil should think of taking back these guys instead of recruiting uselles Anujuman and manjuman

    sayed Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:28 AM

    God knows the truth lets he have to safe guard the minorities from this ling mongers at UPR.

    Premalal Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:02 AM

    5 year plan until UN forgets about Sri-Lanka and its people.

    Pink Panther Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:23 AM

    Because GL's lies are hard to believe!!!!

    Saskia Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:30 AM

    I hope that UPR this time will put a big pressure on SL government to implement the LLRC and come up with a permanent political solution for the Tamils.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:39 AM

    Answer to disapperances and missing cases ? Very simple, indeed. Just say "God knows"!

    Herby Padmaperuma.. Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:15 PM

    GLP IS THE BEST BUT HAVING REPRESENTED THE COUNTRY A NUMBER OF TIMES, HE HAS PROVED HIMSELF WITH FOREIGH DELEGATES THAT HE IS UNRELIABLE, AND COULD NOT BE TRUSTED AND DEPEDED UPON. THIS PRESENT DELEGATION IS THE WEAKEST THERE ARE COLLEGE DEBATING TEAMS BETTER PERFORMING THE MAHINDA SHOW CASE IS NOW DEPLETED. THE UN AND INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES WOULD HAVE NOTED HOW THE REGIME PUNISHES THE JUDICIARY WHEN A JUST JUDGEMNT IS GIVEN UNFAROUBLE TO THE REGIME, THE JUDGES ARE VICTIMIED AND PUNISHD. IT IS POLITICISING THE JUDICIARY.

    raj Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:17 PM

    there are countries have not been punished for their crimes committed agins their own citizens. UN and IC has ignored those crimes for political reason. There is no surprise that Sri Lanka will not face any difficulties convincing UN human rights commissions headed by India and others

    Mr.Plod Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:33 AM

    I think GL's lies are easily decoded. May I suggest Dr. Meyvin or KP.

    Democrat Thursday, 01 November 2012 01:29 AM

    Why is the Foreign Minister not on this delegation. He is supposed to be a Law Professor with academic credentials way above Mahinda Samarasinghe . Is Mahinda Samarasinghe represent the best Brains we have to face the UNHCR?He made a hash of it along with GL failed in Geneva.last time.


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