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Sri Lanka rejects 100 UPR recommendations from fellow states

The Sri Lankan Government has rejected 100 recommendations made by member states, during its Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier on Monday.

Out of the 210 recommendations made, Sri Lanka has chosen to formally reject almost half of them, with 100 listed as not enjoying the support of Sri Lanka.

A selection of recommendations rejected by Sri Lanka have been published below. See the full list here.

  • Fully implement the recommendations of the LLRC, in particular steps to ensure independent and effective investigations into all allegations of serious human rights violations, in the context of Sri Lanka’s civil war and its aftermath  (Austria)
  • Rapidly implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (France);
  • Continue implementing the recommendations of the LLRC report and the report of the Panel of Expert in accordance with the Human Rights Council Resolution 19/2 (Germany);
  • Implement the constructive recommendations of the LLRC, including the removal of the military from civilian functions, creation of mechanisms to address cases of the missing and detained, issuance of death certificates, land reform; devolution of power; and disarming paramilitaries (USA);
  • Guarantee access to the North and the East of the country to international and local humanitarian organizations specialized on family tracing and reunification programs (Uruguay);
  • Expedite implementation of reconciliation measures in the North. This would include removing oversight of humanitarian and NGO activities from the purview of Ministry of Defense to a civilian body,  reducing the intrusiveness of military presence on civilian life in the North and setting a specific date for free and fair Northern Provincial Council elections (Canada );
  • Adopt a national policy to provide human rights defenders with protection and ensure investigation and punishment  of threats or attacks against them (Czech Republic);
  • Fully cooperate with United Nations Human Rights mechanisms (Burkina Faso)
  • Enact the legislation to ensure the Right to Information and bring it in line with international human rights standards (Norway)
  • Invite the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (France, Uruguay)
  • Accept the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances request for visit (Chile)
  • Create a reliable investigation commission consisting of professional and independent investigators to identify, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the Muttur murders (France)

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