Nov 17, Geneva: The United Nation Human Rights Council this morning adopted the outcome of the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Sri Lanka at the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review.
At the session today, Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, President of the Human Rights Council (Adoption) proposed the working group to adopt the recommendation section of the draft report and the UPR of Sri Lanka and declared the section of the report is adopted.
The review of Sri Lanka was held on 15 November 2017. The delegation of Sri Lanka was headed by Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva.
Sri Lanka accepted 177 out of the 230 recommendations made by the 3rd UPR and noted 53. Sri Lanka has also undertaken 12 voluntary pledges.
Sri Lanka's special envoy to the Session, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva delivering final remarks at the session said all the recommendations made are constructive and useful to Sri Lanka and each and every one of them is extremely meaningful.
He said the 3rd cycle of UPR gave Sri Lanka an important opportunity, right from the process of drafting the National Report, to the point of undergoing the Review in Geneva, to demonstrate the importance that Sri Lanka, especially since January 2015, attach to human rights, and the way in which the government is seeking to fulfil its commitments to the people, in a manner that empowers and benefits everyone in our country.
However, Dr. de Silva said Sri Lanka has to be mindful in ensuring that the recommendations are accepted in a "sincere and responsible" manner.
He said that some recommendations relating to ongoing processes such as the constitutional reform process, law reform processes, and the transitional justice process involve multiple arms of government and agencies, including specific procedures that have to be adhered to.
"Such processes are not solely in the domain of the executive arm of government, to make decisions. Some, for example, relate to processes that are in the domain of the Parliament and the Judiciary," the Deputy Minister said explaining that Sri Lanka therefore, had to 'note' such recommendations.
"However, we will, in our domestic processes, look at all recommendations made to us, carefully, and share all recommendations with relevant institutions, for consideration, and consultation," he assured.
"We explore new and constructive ways for effective implementation of recommendations, involving civil society, and all stakeholders," the Deputy Minister said.
The Deputy Minister sought support of the member states to implement the recommendations.
"We look forward to carrying forward our assessment and implementation of the recommendations until the 4th cycle, and look to all of you, the UN system and member states, for support."
The Deputy Minister concluded the remarks by reiterating Sri Lanka's sincere commitment to respect, secure and advance fundamental rights by all organs of government, for all Sri Lankans, as mandated by the Constitution, and the desire to contribute to promoting human rights for all, both locally and internationally, in partnership with the UN.
<"http://webtv.un.org/watch/sri-lanka-upr-adoption-28th-session-of-universal-periodic-review/5648873311001/#">Video of Deputy Minister's speech
Full statement of the Minister
Download the Report of the UPR Working Group on Sri Lanka