UNHRC to be briefed on progress achieved so far in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will be sending a delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva next month to brief the council on the progress achieved by Sri Lanka so far on the human rights issue.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters today that the UNHRC will be looking at the progress achieved so far and not the political situation in the country at present.

“Geneva is on the performance up to date so you will have to judge on what has been done so far,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that the session on Sri Lanka when the UNHRC meets for the 37th Session will be a review on Sri Lanka on what has been done so far.

The briefing on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) has been set for March 21.

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka last March giving the country two more years to show progress on addressing post war issues.

The March 2017 resolution provides a two-year extended timeline for the Government of Sri Lanka to tackle its commitments on post-war reconciliation and allegations of war crimes laid out in the 2015 UNHRC resolution.

The draft resolution calls for a written report from the High Commissioner at the 37th Session of the council in March 2018.

Accordingly the report from the High Commissioner will be submitted on March 21st at the 37th Session of the council in March 2018. (Colombo Gazette)