Government to face UN Committee on racial discrimination

RavinathaThe Government is to face allegations of racial discrimination when it appears before a UN Committee in August.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Geneva from 2 to 26 August during which it will review Sri Lanka from August 15-16.

Sri Lanka is among 177 States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. They are required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent experts.  CERD will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The Government has informed CERD that a delegation led by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva will attend the hearing on Sri Lanka.

The delegation will include the deputy Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s department and officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva.

Three civil society organizations have submitted their observations on Sri Lanka to the UN Committee.

The Association Bharathi Centre Culturel Franco tamoule (Bharathi CCFT) and International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)         have submitted separate observation while the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), Centre for Human Rights Development (CHRD) and Minority Rights Group International (MRG) have submitted a joint observation. (Colombo Gazette)