The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff arrived in Sri Lanka on 29 March 2015, for a six-day visit on an invitation by the Government and is to meet with Government officials and leaders of civil society organisations.
He is also expected to visit the conflict-affected North and meet Tamil political leaders as well as people.
According to a Foreign Ministry official, the Special Rapporteur is in Sri Lanka on an “exploratory visit and for consultations”.
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera addressing the 28th Regular Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva said “the government has invited the UN Special Rapporteur, Pablo de Greiff, to visit Sri Lanka for consultations at the end of this month.
Pablo de Greiff is the first UN official to visit the country since President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in January. The government will also receive the Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances and expects the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a team of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) also to visit the island.