July 10, Colombo: United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson has arrived in Sri Lanka for a five-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government.
During his visit from 10 to 14 July the Special Rapporteur will gather first-hand information on initiatives in the area of counter-terrorism and assess how they affect the promotion and protection of human rights.
During his five-day mission to the country, Mr. Emmerson is scheduled to have high-level meetings with representatives of the Government, including the ministries responsible for foreign affairs, law and order, Southern development, justice, defense, finance, media, prison reforms, rehabilitation, resettlement and Hindu religious affairs.
The Special Rapporteur will also meet law enforcement officials, members of parliament, members of specialized police departments, the National Police Commission and the Human Rights Commission. In addition, he will go to places of detention to interview persons suspected or convicted of terrorist crimes.
In addition to visiting Colombo, he will also visit other areas of the country, including Anuradhapura and Vavuniya.
The Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary observations at a press conference on the 14 July in Colombo.
The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report containing his findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in March 2018.