Written by Bella Dalima
06 Mar, 2014 | 10:04 pm
A high level segment of the 25th Human Rights Council Session took place on Thursday afternoon.
Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma shared these views:
“Our Heads met in Sri Lanka in November 2013 and have collectively urged Commonwealth members to accelerate efforts towards the ratification of all major human rights instruments and to support the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions in compliance with the Paris principles.”
“In May 2014 we will have reached the mid-term of the second cycle of the UPR. However, it is still indeed a new mechanism. States under review as much as those participating in the review of their peers bear a shared responsibility in ensuring that their engagement contributes to the preservation of the universality and the strengthening of the credibility, and the efficiency of the mechanism.”
“To that aim, we encourage Commonwealth members to champion the generalisation of the good practices. These being the submission of voluntary mid-term reports to the council on the status of implementation of UPR recommendations and the formulation of a limited number of recommendations that are precise, constructive and practical…”
Meanwhile, the Annual Report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was scheduled to be tabled at the UNHRC Session at 07.30 p.m. Sri Lankan time today.
Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L.Peiris , who is attending the United Nations Human Rights Council Session is expected to meet with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay in Geneva on Thursday.
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ravinatha Ariyasinha speaking to Newsfirst said that the meeting will take place at the High Commissioner’s Office in Geneva.
Navanethem Pillay’s second four-year term as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is due to conclude in a couple of month. This is incidentally the final Human Rights Council Session that will be chaired by the Navi Pillay.
Pillay who is a leading South African lawyer and activist was appointed to the position of UN Human Rights Commissioner in July 2008.
Charismatic individuals with the proper educational background who can garner a majority of the vote in the council are elected to the position of UN Human Rights Commissioner.
A new high commissioner will take up the mantle in September this year.
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