Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review report that outlines the country’s latest progress on the Human Rights front becomes a UN document from today, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said. The report was officially handed over to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva yesterday.
“Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Report will be an official UN document. It could be accessed by any nation wishing to know the work carried out by Sri Lanka to improve its Human Rights conditions,” he said.
Asked if the government’s National Action Plan on LLRC recommendations had any place in the UPR report that was sent to the UN Human Rights Council, Amunugama said they have included a link in a web page to find information about the LLRC Action Plan.
“It has not been presented as an official document to the UN,” he said.
“The LLRC Action Plan is an internal document of the government. Therefore it was not submitted as an official UN document,” he added.
Sri Lanka's review will be held on November 1. Adoption of the report on Sri Lanka is scheduled for 5th of November.
The UNHRC has appointed India, Benin and Spain to the troika that is scheduled to review Sri Lanka.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The last UPR for Sri Lanka was held in 2008.