Navi Pillay report on Sri Lanka to UNHRC session on 26 March

Navi Pillay sri lanka visit (2)     The 25th regular session of the Human Rights Council will be held from 3 – 28 March 2014. The Human Rights Council holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks).

Composition of the Human Rights Council

The composition of the Council at its twenty-fifth session is as follows:] Algeria (2016); Argentina (2015); Austria (2014); Benin (2014); Botswana (2014); Brazil (2015); Burkina Faso (2014); Chile (2014); China (2016); Congo (2014); Costa Rica (2014); Côte d’Ivoire (2015); Cuba (2016); Czech Republic (2014); Estonia (2015); Ethiopia (2015); France (2016); Gabon (2015); Germany (2015); India (2014); Indonesia (2014); Ireland (2015); Italy (2014); Japan (2015); Kazakhstan (2015); Kenya (2015); Kuwait (2014); Maldives (2016); Mexico (2016); Montenegro (2015); Morocco (2016); Namibia (2016); Pakistan (2015); Peru (2014), Philippines (2014); Republic of Korea (2015); Romania (2014); Russian Federation (2016); Saudi Arabia (2016); Sierra Leone (2015); South Africa (2016); the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2016); United Arab Emirates (2015); United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2016); United States of America (2015); Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) (2015); Viet Nam (2016).

At its organizational session on 16 December 2013, the Council elected the following members of the Bureau for its eighth cycle, which will run until 31 December 2014: President of the Council, Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon); Vice-Presidents, Maurizio Enrico Serra (Italy), Dilip Sinha (India), Alberto D’Alotto (Argentina), Vice-President and Rapporteur, Kateřina Sequensová (Czech Republic).

A/HRC/25/23 Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on advice and technical assistance for the Government of Sri Lanka on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka will be taken up on 26 March 2014at its morning session from 0900 -1200hrs. The provisional agenda item for the session; 

Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka

In its resolution 22/1, the Council encouraged OHCHR and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the steps mentioned in that resolution. In the same resolution, the Council also requested OHCHR to present a comprehensive report followed by a discussion on the implementation of that resolution at its twenty-fifth session. The Council will consider the report of OHCHR (A/HRC/25/23), followed by a discussion.

Apart from this the is US also submit another resolution against SriLanka at the UNHRC 25th session. Britain has also indicated it may sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka during the March session if there is no progress on human rights issues.

Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry says that, a program has been implemented in collaboration with the Presidential secretariat to apprise the relevant countries on the government’s progress in implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

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