Two reports on Sri Lanka to the Geneva Human Rights Council

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 - 8:04


The two UN Special Rapporteurs on Independence of the Judiciary and Torture will submit reports on Sri Lanka's progress to the UN Human Rights Council during the March and June sessions next year.

Invited by the Government, the two experts, Mónica Pinto, Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment arrived in the country on Friday.

The office of the Human Rights Chief in Geneva said the two specialists will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka to weigh up recent developments and identify challenges facing the country.

Their mandate will be to assess independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, due process and fair trial guarantees and access to justice.

Their work also involves appraising the government action to eradicate torture and other ill-treatment, action to promote accountability and fulfill victims' right to reparations.

The envoys met several cabinet Ministers including Wijedasa Rajapakse and Sagala Rathnayaka during their visit.

The two experts are scheduled to visit Northern, North Central, Eastern, Central and Southern provinces.

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