UN To Review Sri Lanka’s Rights Record In November

Sri Lanka’s human rights record will come under review in November during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Burundi, Korea and Bolivia will forma a Troika which will review and submit a report on Sri Lanka in November.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.

The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on March 15, 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by October 2011, has reviewed the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

2 Comments for “UN To Review Sri Lanka’s Rights Record In November”

  1. Sangaralingham

    Human rights should be a national issue and should be ongoing with periodic review. It is not only the United Nations responsibility but the most vital social responsibility of the government of the day. It s not only vital but a matter of trust for the public to know what type of human right violations going on in the country. So the country needs it’s own human rights council to judge analyse and report their finding to central agency probably supervised by justice department and find solutions for the problems.

  2. Namal Perera

    UN should not become a Joke and stop chasing Sri Lanka, the only Nation in the entire Universe that completely ERASED a ruthless Terrorist out that went on a murder spree for almost three decades, killing innocent children, unarmed civilians including Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister, destroying valuable assets of the Country. During that time the UN was deaf, blind and dumb, and when they now talk about human rights of the Terrorists, a doubt is created in the minds of many if it is the hidden funds of the Erased LTTE that is talking.

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