Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva is due to address the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva tomorrow representing Sri Lanka.
The Deputy Minister will apprise the world of the initiatives taken by the Government with respect to safeguarding human rights. Before leaving the island Dr. Harsha de Silva said that this was fitting opportunity for Sri Lanka to elaborate on the future initiatives that are to be taken for the protection of human rights.
The Universal Periodic Review is the only process through which all UN Member States undergo review and scrutiny of their human rights records. Sri Lanka underwent its first UPR cycle in 2008 and the second in 2012. The review that will be conducted on 15 November will be Sri Lanka’s third.
The National Report of Sri Lanka covers areas that were part of the recommendations accepted by Sri Lanka following the 2nd UPR in 2012. The National Report was drafted, following wide consultations with all stakeholders including public consultations in Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Jaffna, and Kalmunai, online consultations and consultations by post.
The Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka will continue to engage constructively with the UN Human Rights Council and all member states of the UN to promote and protect human rights locally and internationally.