Sri Lanka rejects 100 recommendations at UPR

A hundred recommendations that came out in the submissions of the member states of the United Nations at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Sri Lanka have not enjoyed the support of Sri Lanka, reveal a draft document by the UPR working committee on Monday. The report also identified 110 recommendations as enjoying the support of Sri Lanka. All conclusions and/or recommendations contained in the present report reflect the position of the submitting State(s) and/or the State under review. They should not be construed as endorsed by the Working Group as a whole, said the draft report. At its 18th meeting held on Monday, the Working Group adopted the report on Sri Lanka India, Benin and Spain had been selected by the UN Human Rights Council as rapporteurs (troika) to facilitate the review of Sri Lanka.

The UPR deliberations were ‘counting trees’ commented an Eezham Tamil politician in the island.

The review of Sri Lanka was held at the 16th meeting on 1 November 2012. The delegation of Sri Lanka was headed by Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President for Human Rights.

The final document is yet to be released. The draft has been released as unedited version at the following URL:

During the interactive dialogue, 98 delegations made statements.

The Sri Lankan delegation faced a list of questions prepared in advance by Australia, Canada, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Pakistan, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States, which had been transmitted to Sri Lanka through the troika prior to the interactive session.

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