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Thursday, 26 April 2012 - 12:42
Membership changes in UN Human Rights Council
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17 current member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council will see their term as members end in 2012.

Accordingly, several countries that voted for and against Sri Lanka will lose their membership this year.

The United States who tabled the resolution against Sri Lanka and countries that supported it including Norway, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Hungary, Cameroon and Belgium will lose their membership.

Furthermore countries that voted in favour of Sri Lanka including Russia, China, Bangladesh, Cuba, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia will also see their terms end.

The new members will be elected at the UN General Assembly in November 2012.

According to the US sponsored resolution the progress report on Sri Lanka needs to be submitted to the UNHRC 22nd session.

We spoke to former Attorney General Mohan Peiris to find out if the changes in member states would affect Sri Lanka when it comes to the 22nd session.

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