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Sri lanka ready for the Universal periodic review.
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Secretary of the external affairs ministry Karunarathna Amunugama states that Sri Lanka is prepared to successfully face the Universal Periodic Review on November 1st in Geneva.

Over 50 countries have registered to make observations at Sri Lanka's Universal Periodic Review when the country's human rights situation is taken up for discussion.

Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs said, a team led by Special Envoy on Human Rights, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will represent Sri Lanka at the UPR and 52 parties are expected to share their views on the country's human rights situation once the floor opens for observer comments.

Sri Lanka is armed with a comprehensive report detailing the progress of implementing the LLRC recommendations, with emphasis on the reintegration of ex-cadres, resettlement and the ongoing efforts for comprehensive reconciliation among other issues on which the international community has sought clarification.

The second circle of the UPR began in May 2012 and Sri Lanka is among the first countries to face its second review after the first UPR in 2008.

At the working group meeting on November 1, Sri Lanka will present its report and speak for 70 minutes before the other countries make their observations, recommendations and seek clarifications.

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