UN Special Rapporteur to visit Sri Lanka

UN Special Rapporteur to visit Sri Lanka

Written by Keshala Dias

06 Oct, 2017 | 7:41 pm

Issuing a media release, the United Nations Human Rights Council announced today that United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, will make an official visit to Sri Lanka from October 10 to 23, 2017.

The aim of the visit is to examine the progress made in redressing the legacies of past violations and abuses, including those that resulted from a conflict that spanned for more than twenty-five years.

The human rights expert will meet government officials at central and provincial levels, representatives of the legislature, members of the judiciary, the armed forces, law enforcement officials, religious leaders, political parties, the Human Rights Commission, civil society, victims’ groups, academics and representatives of the international community.

Pablo de Greiff will present the final report on the visit to the Human Rights Council in September 2018.

Commenting on the visit, Greiff said that his visit aims to review the progress made thus far to identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the implementation of the transitional justice and reform process, and to discuss opportunities with the government and Sri Lankan society.

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