Jan 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to also include opposition politicians in the delegation to the upcoming United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) session scheduled to be held in March in Geneva.
Accordingly, two parliamentarians of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), Lakshman Kiriella and Ms. Thalatha Atukorale have been designated to participate in the UNHRC session along with the government delegation.
Sri Lanka government will be represented by Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and President's special envoy for human rights Mahinda Samarasinghe.
Government sources say that the UNP has responded with the names of the two MPs on a request made by the government to have two delegates from the opposition for the UNHRC session.
The government says it is expecting a serious challenge from the international community in Geneva and it is ready to meet the challenge. The 25th session of the UNHRC is scheduled to begin on March 03.