Foreign Minister to brief UN Human Rights Council

unhrcForeign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will travel to Geneva to attend the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to be held on 2nd March 2015. Over 65 Foreign Ministers from around the world will participate in this year’s High-Level Segment.

He is also scheduled to meet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

In a letter to the president of the UN Human Rights Council, which set up the investigation in March last year, Zeid recommended delaying publication from next month until the council ‘s 30th session due in September.

In his request to the council, Zeid appended a letter from Samaraweera, which set out reforms that the new government planned to implement within 100 days, including ensuring justice for war crimes.

After receiving the extension, the Sri Lankan government said it was ready to accept the challenge of addressing the country’s human rights concerns by September and assured a credible domestic probe would be launched into the war allegations.

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