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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 17:21
Foreign Ministry issues statement on visit by UN Special Rapporteur
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Foreign Ministry today (11) issued a statement relating to the 2-week visit by UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff to Sri Lanka.

He arrived in the country yesterday and will stay in Sri Lanka until 23rd of October.

The statement added that successive Governments in Sri Lanka have been inviting such Special Rapporteurs to the country to obtain their views and expert advice on specific thematic areas.

The Foreign Ministry said that the Governments are not bound by the advice or recommendations of Special Rapporteurs, but can avail of the expert knowledge and experience of Special Rapporteurs who are available to Governments as a resource.

“Their advice and expertise can be obtained by countries in a manner that would benefit institutional capacity building, policy formulation, and policy reform, training needs etc., as a Government may consider necessary” the statement added. 

The Foreign Ministry also said that once de Greiff presents his Report to the Human Rights Council in September2018, it is for the Government of Sri Lanka to decide whether there is anything that the Government considers beneficial to the people of Sri Lanka in his recommendations, and whether the Government wishes to draw on his knowledge, expertise, and advice and consult him further in any manner.

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