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Thursday, 21 June 2012 - 13:15
Government presents paper on health and education to UNHRC.
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Sri Lanka has presented a special paper on the state of Health and on the Right to Education at the 20th Session of the Human Rights Council.

The paper acknowledges the right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and the particular emphasis placed on occupational health.

It also notes that health services in Sri Lanka are provided by the government free of charge to all and workers who are citizens of the country have access to free health services.

The paper further highlights the establishment of occupational health units in Gampaha and Galle and the subsequent spread of these units islandwide.

Sri Lanka noted that workshops are also being conducted to promote occupational health amongst marginalised and socially deprived workers such as waste handlers.

On education, Sri Lanka emphasised the continuation to provide free education upto tertiary level since 1945 and its endeavours to improve the quality of education.

Sri Lanka also noted that setting goals for education which require enormous finances which developing countries are often unable to meet and therefore urged worldwide cooperation to successfully improve the quality of education.

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