Mangala to address UNHRC members during 34th session

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is to address the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during 34th session.

Samaraweera is to brief the council on the latest developments in Sri Lanka during the high level segment of the session on Tuesday February 28.

The 34th session of the UNHRC takes place in Geneva from 27th February to 24th March.

The government is expected to gather support for another pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.

The resolution is to back giving the Government more time to implement the systems needed to be in place to take the reconciliation process forward.

An interactive dialogue will be held on Sri Lanka on March 22 during the 34th session.

The discussion will be based on the report on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council last year by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein.

In his report Zeid had expressed satisfaction on the efforts taken by the Government to address reconciliation issues.

However, he had raised concerns over the slow progress on releasing more land held by the military. He had also raised concerns over the failure to abolish the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

He also noted the need for international participation in the accountability process. The High Commissioner had urged the Government to take concrete steps to address the impatience, anxiety and reservations towards the process that stem from various quarters, and reiterates the importance for all Sri Lankans to rally behind the process. (Colombo Gazette)



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