Foreign Minister GL Peiris is scheduled to address the 48th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, today.
Foreign Minister Peiris will respond to the allegations leveled against Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet during her oral update to the session yesterday.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the current social, economic and governance challenges faced by Sri Lanka indicate the corrosive impact that militarisation and the lack of accountability continue to have on fundamental rights, civic space, democratic institutions, social cohesion and sustainable development.
Making her oral update on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka at the UNHRC session, Bachelet raised concerns about the new state of emergency, detention of civil rights activists and the pardoning of high-profile persons who were sentenced after being found guilty of grave crimes.
Meanwhile, the general debate on the oral update of the UN Human Rights Commissioner will begin later today. During the debate, representatives of member nations and civil rights groups such as Human Rights Watch will make their determinations.
The 48th UNHRC session which began yesterday will be worked off until the 8th of October.