Updated: 04:07 GMT, Mar 18, 2018 | Published: 09:58 GMT, Mar 17, 2018 |
Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report under the 3rd cycle of the UPR will be adopted at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday (19).
The Universal Periodic Review is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states once in every 5 years. It is a process that is based on peer review and equal treatment for all countries.
Since the UPR process was introduced in 2007, there have been two complete UPR cycles where the human rights situations of all 193 UN member states were reviewed. The current 3rd cycle of the UPR began in May 2017 and is presently ongoing.
Sri Lanka’s review under the 3rd cycle of the UPR, together with Czechia, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Benin, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan and Ukraine, was held during the 28th Session of the UPR Working Group that convened from 6-17 November 2017.
Sri Lanka’s delegation to this review that took place on 15 November during the 28th Session of the UPR Working Group was led by the Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Harsha de Silva.
The adoption of the UPR Report of Sri Lanka’s 3rd review by the Human Rights Council will take place at the current 37th session of the Council on 19 March.
Sri Lanka will be represented at this session by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha.