SL to face UPR on 15th Harsha heads team to Geneva FM & Deputy absent

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By 2017-11-14

BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will subject Sri Lanka to a Universal Periodical Review (UPR) on 15 November, sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

A Sri Lankan delegation led by Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva headed to Geneva yesterday (13), to take part in the country assessment.

According to State Minister for Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake, neither he......nor Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana is part of the delegation.

The UPR is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all United Nations Member States. According to the OHCHR website, the UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.

Following the conclusion of the three-decade war the Sri Lankan Government came under fire for human rights violations allegedly committed by the armed forces.

The incumbent Government had stated that necessary measures would be taken to investigate alleged war crimes and address the problems faced by those who were adversely affected by the war.

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