The following voluntary pledges done by the YAHA PAALANA to adopt in Sri Lanka after the UPR session in HRC…

III. Voluntary pledges and commitments
119. Ensure that the ongoing constitutional reform process is inclusive, and takes into
account fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination, separation of powers,
checks and balances, and the independence of the judiciary.
120. Train and appoint information officers and designated officers to all public
authorities covered under the Right to Information Act to fulfil the right to information.
6 The recommendation as read during the interactive dialogue: “Fully implement its commitments
under Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 and the recommendations of the Consultative Task
Force on Reconciliation, including to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with
international best practice legislation (Australia)”.
121. Accede to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and designate the Human Rights
Commission of Sri Lanka as the national preventive and monitoring mechanism to fulfil
obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
122. Review and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and replace it with new counterterrorism
legislation compliant with international human rights standards.
123. Increase the number of, and strengthen, the women’s and children’s desks of the
Children’s and Women’s Bureau of the Sri Lanka Police to ensure a gender-responsive
justice system.
124. Enforce legislation guaranteeing women’s political representation at the provincial
and local authority levels.
125. Ensure, and strengthen, respect for the fundamental rights of all persons, including
those from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community, and
address concerns raised in that regard.
126. Formulate a comprehensive reparations policy to guide the granting of reparations to
persons affected by the armed conflict, including internally displaced persons.
127. Ensure that all security forces personnel to be deployed in overseas peacekeeping
missions are adequately vetted through a comprehensive process with the participation of
the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.
128. Fulfil commitments contained in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 towards the
operationalization of the Office on Missing Persons, and the establishment of a truth seeking
commission, an office for reparations, and a judicial mechanism with a special
129. Work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of alleviating poverty
through national-level initiatives including the Gramashakthi People’s Movement.
130. Take measures to incorporate the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities into domestic law.


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