Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 18:50
Navi Pillay’s report regarding Sri Lanka to be presented to the UNHRC on the 26th of March
Reports state that the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay’s report regarding Sri Lanka will be presented to the UN during the UN Human Rights Summit scheduled to be held in Geneva in March.
According to the agenda of the summit, the contents of the report will be open for discussion following its presentation by the commissioner and the Sri Lankan government will also have the opportunity to express its views regarding the report during the discussions.
The 25th summit of the UN Human Rights Council will begin on the 3rd of March in Geneva and will conclude on the 28th of March and all proposals that are presented will be passed on the last day.
Navi Pillay presented her oral report regarding Sri Lanka during the previous human rights summit held in September and she also provided Sri Lanka with a timeframe to improve the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
She also added that if no significant progress is made on this front by March 2014 an international inquiry will have to launched regarding this.
Following her visit to Sri Lanka Navi Pillay stated that Sri Lanka has not initiated a clear or independent inquiry regarding human rights violations in the country and she also stated that she will be constantly vigilant regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
Britain has also expressed its interest in pressing for an international inquiry regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and experts say that in such a backdrop the UN Human Rights Summit in March will be a challenging one for Sri Lanka.
However, the Sri Lankan government states that it is ready face any challenge against Sri Lanka that will be presented at the UN Human Rights Summit in Geneva.
A senior spokesperson for the government stated that a plan of actions has already been formulated in this regard and he also stated that the government will take all necessary steps to let the international community know the efforts taken by the Sri Lankan government to promote reconciliation in the country.