We are prepared as a team to face this – says Samarasinghe as UNHRC sessions begin

We are prepared as a team to face this – says Samarasinghe as UNHRC sessions begin

Written by Staff Writer

03 Mar, 2014 | 10:35 pm

The 25th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council commenced at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Monday.

The session commenced at about 1:30 in the afternoon, Sri Lankan time. The session will continue until March 28..

The 25th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council commenced on Monday under the auspices of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. 47 countries are represented in the UN Human Rights Council.

High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s written report which also consists of observations and recommendations on Sri Lanka will be presented to the Council during the session. It was also reported in the recent past that a third resolution on Sri Lanka will be put forward at the UN Human Rights Council session.

Meanwhile, Presidential Envoy on Human Rights , Minister. Mahinda Samarasinghe expressed following views:

“Navanethem Pillay is scheduled to submit a report. We have already sent our response to this report, but unfortunately, unlike last year, the response that we submitted has not been attached to the report and distributed. We have already made submissions regarding this. We also hope to make submissions regarding this when the report is presented.”

He also added. “Various people have said that a resolution has already been put forth. But no steps have been taken as yet to distribute such a resolution. We are prepared as a team to face this. On the 9th when I go there, I hope to address the regional meeting and make further clarifications. At the same time we hope to brief the international community on the progress we have made.”

Attorney General Palitha Fernando said that a team of specialists including Additional Solicitor General Jayantha Jayasuriya and Deputy Solicitor General Shavindra Fernando would also participate at the UN Human Rights Council session.

The Sri Lankan delegation will arrive in Geneva over the next few days. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Ariyasinghe also spoke to News1st on Monday prior to the commencement of the Human Rights Council session.

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