The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff, is to visit Sri Lanka in October.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Pablo de Greiff is expected in Sri Lanka from October 10 to 23 October 2017.
Pablo de Greiff (Colombia) was appointed first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. He took up his functions on 1 May 2012.
The Special Rapporteur is mandated to conduct official visits to States to provide technical assistance and advisory services to Governments upon request.
These visits provide an opportunity to examine the transitional justice measures that have been taken to address gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, to identify gaps and challenges, and to make recommendations thereon.
The visits are intended to provide an independent and impartial assessment, for use by all actors on the ground. At the end of the visit, the Special Rapporteur generally holds a press conference during which he shares his preliminary observations and recommendations for the consideration of the Government concerned and other stakeholders. The Special Rapporteur then presents his final observations and recommendations to the Human Rights Council (in September every year) and may undertake follow-up to issues raised during the visit as necessary. (Colombo Gazette)