UK welcomes Sri Lanka’s constructive engagement with Universal Periodic Review


The UK on Tuesday (July 11) welcomed Sri Lanka’s constructive engagement with the Common Periodic Evaluate course of and the preliminary steps taken to make progress in some areas since its final assessment.

The UK authorities stated this in an announcement issued a day after the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the Common Periodic Evaluate outcomes of Sri Lanka, Japan and Pakistan on July 10. The assertion for the UPR adoption of Sri Lanka had not been delivered as a consequence of time constraints.

The Common Periodic Evaluate is a course of that entails a assessment of human rights data of all UN member states. Throughout the assessment, different member states make suggestions for the way the nation underneath assessment can enhance its human rights scenario. In the meantime, the nation underneath assessment can both settle for or reject the suggestions.

Throughout its assessment, Sri Lanka acquired 294 suggestions out of which 173 have been supported and 121 have been famous.

In its assertion, the UK authorities has urged Sri Lanka to rethink its place on its two different suggestions associated to commemoration and memorialisation of victims of the civil warfare, and repealing of sections of the Penal Code to decriminalize same-sex conduct and guarantee equality in relation to sexual orientation and gender identification.

Sri Lanka has in the meantime accepted the UK’s advice pertaining to considerations round land expropriation and restrictions within the north and east by authorities departments.

The UK authorities, recognizing the numerous political and financial challenges that Sri Lanka has confronted in recent times, inspired Sri Lanka to proceed its efforts to foster political inclusion.

The assertion underscored the significance of reconciliation, justice and accountability for all communities, and the significance of upholding the proper to freedom of meeting and expression.

“We reiterate our dedication to work constructively with Sri Lanka to advance the safety of human rights and to realize justice and reconciliation.”

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