Commonwealth grants technical assistance to improve Human Rights

prathiba mahanama    Human Rights Commissioner of Sri Lanka Dr. Pradeepa Mahanama Hewa said that the Commonwealth Office agreed to provide technical assistance to upgrade the human rights situation in the country.

Speaking to BBC Tamil the commissioner said the that representatives from the CHOGM are scheduled to visit Sri Lanka to hold national level investigations on human rights violations reported in the country.

Mahanama said we held discussions with Commonwealth General Secretary Kamalesh Sharama recently and he agreed to provide technical assistance for the next 6 months, and that a human rights panel from Northern Ireland, Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone will visit Lanka to train local officials on conducting national investigations on human rights violations reported in the country.

Compared with the past the number of human rights violations complaints have seen a decrease in the country, the Commissioner further added that they have educated military personal in the Northern and Eastern parts of island on human right issues.

The International community is paying special attention on Sri Lanka where its schedule to host the next commonwealth session. The Commissioner also added, that officials of the CHOGM maintain close relationship with Sri Lanka, in comparison to the UN Human Rights Commission.

International community has faulted the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission for not being an independent organization and also stressed on importance to hold independent investigations on human rights violations reported in the country. The Sri Lanka human rights commission denies these allegations.

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