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Sunday, 14 October 2012 - 12:54
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe due to leave for Geneva to take part in UN-UPR
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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, the President’s special envoy on human rights issues, will lead Sri Lanka’s delegation to next month’s sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

At these sessions, Sri Lanka’s human rights record will come up for scrutiny under the Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism where every UN member country’s performance is reviewed.

The case of Sri Lanka will come up on the 01st of November.

Thereafter, a three-country panel headed by India will formulate a report while other members of the panel include Spain & Benin.

Their report will be placed before the UNHRC on the 6th of November and will be adopted on the same day.

Accompanying Minister Samarasinghe will be Mohan Peiris, legal advisor to the Cabinet, officials of the External Affairs Ministry and the Attorney General’s Department.

Speaking to our news team Minister Mahinda Smamarasinghe noted that

Sri Lanka had been allocated an extended period of time during this years UPR.

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