UNHRC to adopt UPR report on Lanka

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will adopt the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report on Sri Lanka during the 22nd session of the UNHRC which begins next month in Geneva.

Sri Lanka’s UPR report is among a list of UPR reports of countries listed to be adopted at the council session.

The UPR on Sri Lanka was held last November in Geneva. During the UPR, Sri Lanka rejected 98 and accepted 111 recommendations submitted by countries at the UPR.

Sri Lanka is expected to face severe criticism during the UNHRC session in Geneva in February and March.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had said last week that she will also submit a report on Sri Lanka at the February-March session of the Human Rights Council, focusing on the engagement of UN mechanisms in support of the accountability and reconciliation processes.

Pillay had expressed deep concern on the impeachment and removal of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake saying it further eroded the rule of law in the country and could also set back efforts for accountability and reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam