Sept 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka has decide to send a low level delegation to the 24th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that will commence tomorrow in Geneva.
A four-member delegation comprising personnel from the Attorney General's Department has left for Geneva to take part in the sessions that will be held from 9 - 27 September.
Sri Lanka President's Special Envoy for Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has told local media that the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva will represent the country this time as there is no need for a high level delegation.
Permanent Representative of the Mission, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha will lead the Sri Lankan delegation.
The Minister has said, however, if the need arises he would be available to fly to Geneva. Sri Lanka will send a high level delegation for the next session in March next year, the Minister has said.
The Human Rights Council in its resolution 22/1 on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka, has requested the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral update to the Council on the implementation of that resolution.
Accordingly, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will present the oral update on the implementation of the resolution 22/1 on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka to the Council on 25 September.
The High Commissioner, who made a fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka from 25 -31 August has said that she is deeply concerned that Sri Lanka is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo at the end of her visit to the island Pillay while recognizing Sri Lanka's achievements in resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation in the relatively short period since the armed conflict ended in 2009, expressed concern over denial of personal freedom and human rights, military's involvement in civilian activities, abductions and disappearances among others.
She will present a full written report to the Council in March next year on her visit to Sri Lanka.