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Sri Lanka will send the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights Navi Pillay, Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said today. The implementation of the Action Plan is said to begin immediately.

Samarasinghe stated that the progress on the implementation of the Action Plan would be presented at the next UN Human Rights Council in March next year. Additionally the Action plan and progress reports on its implementation will be circulated to other countries and international organisations and forums interested in the Human Rights of Sri Lanka.
 
“We will give the action plan maximum publicity and inform everyone on the progress of implementing it,” he said.
 
The Action plan was officially adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers after a five week deliberation on the document that was formulated after a participatory process involving both government and Civil Society input. The action plan was a voluntary pledge during Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review in May 2008 and is an action plan for five years.
 
The action plan is divided into eight thematic areas; civil and political rights, women’s rights, economic, social and cultural rights, children’s rights, labour rights, rights of migrant workers, the rights of IDPs’ and the prevention of torture.
 
The action plan will be implemented by the respective agencies in charge of each area of human rights as well as a coordinating committee, yet to be appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Dianne Silva)

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  • sam silva Thursday, 06 October 2011 12:54 PM

    GOVT SENDING HR PLAN TO UNHCR, WHEN PERSONS ARE BEING KILLED IN POLICE CUSTODY. DOES THE MINISTER EXPECT THE UNHCR TO TAKE THEIR PLANS SERIOUSLY?ONE MUST WALK THE TALK TO BE COUNTED.

    buffaloa citizen Friday, 07 October 2011 06:24 AM

    And you think the UN consists also of buffaloes to believe this.

    Omattage Perera Friday, 07 October 2011 06:36 AM

    It is all good that we have a plan. In Sri Lanka, we have plans and laws for everything but, in practice, they all inadequate due to political interference.

    N K Ratnam Friday, 07 October 2011 09:34 PM

    8 Beggers hacked to death within two months to beautify Colombo. Just because they beg to sustain their life their right to life is denied in this country. We may not see this as a human right violation but most other civilised members of the UN do.

    A plan on paper will not fool anyone when the ground reality is exactly the opposite. What good is a plan when there is no will to implement it?

    donroger Saturday, 08 October 2011 12:42 AM

    I thing allthe world and the UN know sri lanka governments HR plan or whatever.They cant cheet anymore.

    tomsamusa Saturday, 08 October 2011 01:09 AM

    Great idea!!
    Keep repeating that there was zero civilian Tamil casualties,
    sinking lanka is a secular island; there is no bribery nor corruption,

    sunilsarath Saturday, 08 October 2011 02:15 AM

    What kind a action plan ? Dont lie ....you can lie to us, but not the international community.

    Kolumba Kolla Thursday, 06 October 2011 10:58 AM

    We must practise HR what is preached. The scene we saw at a school at Kelaniya shows even parents of children do not have any right to talk about the school's activities.

    YURI Saturday, 08 October 2011 05:05 AM

    why is this U turn. if there is nothing happen and if there was no Crime as we claimed.

    kaputakukula Saturday, 08 October 2011 05:41 AM

    UN does not want the plan. SL already boasted of her HR plans severa times. Let it be clear.... UN wants ACTIONS! and will not satisfy with whatever on the paper. UN understands SL accurately very well.

    perumal Friday, 07 October 2011 05:37 AM

    You all don't understand. Plan is one thing, action is quite another thing. Progress is an entirely different thing.


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