Several International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) have submitted reports on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council ahead of the 22nd session which begins in Geneva tomorrow (Monday).
In all, at least eight written statements relating to Sri Lanka have been submitted to the Council apart from the reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and the report on Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review.
The INGOs have submitted reports on arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka, freedom of expression, independence of the judiciary, reconciliation and accountability, advancing accountability for war crimes and human rights violations committed against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, consideration of the UPR report for Sri Lanka, the need for the preservation and proper inquiries into the remains of about 200 bodies found in the mass grave at Matale and the absence of action regarding complaints of torture and ill-treatment consultative status.
The Sri Lankan delegation to the session beginning tomorrow will be led by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.
The Minister is scheduled to address the Council on Wednesday. Sri Lanka is expected to be mention by Pillay in her opening remarks when the Council begins the session tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam