UPR to review wide ranging human rights issues on Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

Sri Lanka is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 6 to 17 November.  Sri Lanka’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2008 and November 2012, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the documents are investigations into all cases of enforced disappearances, reparations for victims and relatives, and bringing those responsible to justice, investigations into alleged war crimes, the Prevention of Terrorism Act, operationalizing the Office of Missing Persons, steps to establish a truth and reconciliation commission, ensuring equal access to justice systems for all communities, reports of the use of torture and arbitrary arrest by security and law enforcement, addressing hate speech and incitement to violence, promoting and protecting the rights of the LGBTI community, steps taken to decriminalise same-sex relations between adults, steps to protect religious minorities, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, combatting gender-based and sexual violence, criminalizing all forms of violence against women, including marital rape steps to eliminate child labour and measures taken to improve the living conditions of the poor. (Colombo Gazette)


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