The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which meets next Monday for its 37th session will discuss Universal Periodical Review (UPR) outcomes for Sri Lanka on March 16.
On that day UPR outcomes for Benin, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan and Ukraine will also be taken up.
Meanwhile the UNHRC Secretary General’s country report/ oral briefing on Sri Lanka, detailing the progress the country has made on promoting human rights and the progress made on implementing a resolution to increase accountability, will take place on March 21. This will be followed up by a general debate.
During the same session the country reports on Colombia, Cyprus, Guatemala, Honduras and Iran will be presented and discussed.
In September 2015, Sri Lanka for unknown reasons co sponsored a resolution against itself and last year UNHRC adopted a resolution giving Sri Lanka two more years to show progress on addressing post war issues. The two year extension was to allow the country to deal with its commitments on post-war reconciliation and allegations of war crimes. It is this resolution that called for a written report from the High Commissioner at the 37th Session of the council.
Meanwhile Lord Naseby addressing the British House of Lords criticized the West for being anti Sri Lanka and for not working with democratically elected governments of Sri Lanka. “Why at every turn must we just listen to the vociferous Diaspora, which is usually led by former Tamil Tigers? Why do we not understand that the Tigers were -terrorists who murdered every moderate Tamil leader they could find, along with two presidents and thousands of other Sri Lankans-all in the cause of a separate state called Eelam. It was rather similar to Pol Pot.”
He said the Rajapaksa administration tried hard to minimize casualties and that the UK has ‘refused to publish the dispatches from our own defense attache, who was an objective assessor.’
Referring to confidential reports compiled by the London’s Defence Attache in Sri Lanka during the war, he said the number of people who were killed during the last phase of war was 7,000 and urged the British government to change the arbitrary casualty assessment, of 40,000 deaths. RK