The government will today send to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) a document outlining its performance in areas of international concern to be taken up at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) next month in Geneva, it is learnt.
The UPR is a process of evaluating the human rights records of member countries once in four years. It provides an opportunity for all countries to report on the action taken by them to improve human rights and overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights.
Sri Lanka’s situation was evaluated at the 2008 UPR where some members of the international community raised issues with regard to the human rights situation. The External Affairs Ministry has completed its response to be considered at the September UPR in Geneva.
When asked about the upcoming UPR, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said Sri Lanka’s UPR document would be sent today. However, he declined to give further details about the matters outlined in it.
The UNHRC also adopted a resolution against Sri Lanka in March, urging the Sri Lankan government to address accountability issues during the last stages of the war and to implement recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The government has already prepared a national action plan to implement these recommendations.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillai is expected to send a team of officials to Sri Lanka next month to provide technical assistance in the implementation of these recommendations. (Kelum Bandara)
Thank you sir, President Obama. Wish you success in the forthcoming elections.
Jan Chandra Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:33 AM
Good luck sir. We are hounded by unscrupulous West because we are poor and depend on their mighty $ aid .
Andrew Pitugala Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:19 AM
Will it be like the Z-score ?
nicky karunarathna Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:41 AM
Why should SL show its report card to any mother's son? It is not any one's colony either. SL should ask report cards from UN and its other agencies how they conduct themselves in other part of the world, regarding the reason uprising and the wars concluded in bogus pretext such as WMD issues.
Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:11 AM
Nicky Karunaratne sounds just like Minister Weerawansa, but the sad part is nobody in the government cares for this sort of hollow opinions as every country has to respect internationally accepted practices if they have to live peacefully among the world community. This sort of false bravery will only lead to a country being blacklisted as a pariah nation.
judesun Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:49 AM
Punchinilame Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:16 PM
Are you not aware that we are children of the UN and must obey family rules.. If one Brother misbehaves, cannot they question if the smaller brother does wrong, just because the big brother got off within the rules?
bandu Thursday, 09 August 2012 03:26 AM
UN was created for many good reasons. but today UN is a business entity. paid people and their sponsors manage the business with world logo. UN all top people should be elected like in a parliament and should be renewed after every two years. when they preach democracy to world why can't they have their own democratic principles. each member state should be given one vote. today we expect a justice from a criminalized world business entity
Arul Thursday, 09 August 2012 03:31 AM
SL Government will release another modified version of this report shortly to fool the Srilankan people.
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