Sri Lanka delegation holds talks with UN rights chief

IMG_2874Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa along with senior government officials met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the Palais Wilson in Geneva today.

Samaraweera will address the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) tomorrow. His statement will seek support for a domestic mechanism to address human rights concerns in Sri Lanka.

The Human Rights Council would open its thirtieth session in Room XX of the Palais des Nations. The session would last for three weeks, until Friday, 2 October, and would cover a wide range of issues.

Human Rights Council President Ambassador Ruecker would open the session with short remarks, followed by a substantive statement by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

As usual the High Commissioner’s speech would touch on themes and country situations around the world and copies would be shared with the media under embargo beforehand. The High Commissioner’s speech would be followed by a general debate with statements from States and non-governmental organizations.

The Council would be addressed tomorrow by three dignitaries, Mangala Samaraweera, Roberto Campa, Undersecretary for Human Rights, Ministry of the Interior of Mexico and Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom.

On September 30 the report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will be presented to the Council.

The report has already been handed over to the Government and it is now being studied by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette)