FM to address UNHRC debate today from Italy

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 9:15 AM Sep 14 2021
Local FM to address UNHRC debate today from Italy

Foreign Minister G. L Peiris is due to address the general debate at the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland today (14).

Peiris will respond to the allegations levelled against Sri Lanka by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet during the session's oral update yesterday (13).

Foreign Minister Peiris is currently in Italy with Prime Minister Rajapaksa and is expected to respond to the allegations via Zoom.

Bachelet raised several concerns, including the recent state of emergency, the release of former MP Duminda Silva, the decision to drop the charges against former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, the continued detention of activist Hejaaz Hizbullah and Sri Lanka's stance on repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

She further claimed that the current social, economic and governance challenges faced by Sri Lanka indicate the impact that militarisation and the lack of accountability continue to have on fundamental rights, civic space, democratic institutions, social cohesion and sustainable development.

The general debate is scheduled to commence later today, during which representatives of member nations and civil rights groups will raise their opinions, arguments and overall stances.

 

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 9:15 AM Sep 14 2021

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