UN notes not enough progress in Sri Lanka on rights issue

The United Nations (UN) noted that Sri Lanka has not made enough progress on addressing human rights issues and the issue on missing persons was a concern.

UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York that during his recent visit to Sri Lanka Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, had also discussed the matter with the Government.

Haq said that Feltman looked to follow up and make sure that the UN can get the Government of Sri Lanka to move forward on issues, including issues of human rights concern.

“This was a major rights concern, the issue of missing persons, and we have been pressing on this for about a year and a half, so the establishment of this office is a welcome step forward,” Haq said with reference to the announcement by the Government last week that it had signed the gazette on the Office of Missing Persons (OMP).

Haq noted that there are concerns on the ground and not enough progress has been made on human rights. (Colombo Gazette)