Written by Bella Dalima
30 Sep, 2014 | 7:27 pm
Sri Lanka’s human rights record will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee for the fifth time on October 7 and 8
As a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Sri Lanka is required to undergo regular review by the Committee of eighteen international independent experts on how it is implementing the ICCPR.
Sri Lanka will be among five other countries to be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Sri Lanka, which is one of the 168 states parties to the ICCPR, has submitted a report on implementation of its human rights obligations to the committee. A number of Non-Governmental Organisations have also sent reports for the Committee’s consideration.
According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the reports to be considered during the 112th session are those of Sri Lanka, Burundi, Haiti, Malt, Montenegro and Israel.
The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the Sri Lankan delegation on questions relating to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
At each session, the committee of 18 international independent experts hear representatives of United Nations bodies, specialized agencies, national human rights institutions and non- governmental organisations represented at the United Nations office at Geneva.
Speaking to News1st earlier in the day, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said that the review will be instrumental in the decision for the next set of recommendations that will be put forth by the committee on Sri Lanka.
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