Bachelet concerns: HRCSL to discuss with Govt. delegation

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) will discuss the serious human rights-related concerns raised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), led by Michelle Bachelet, once the government delegation to Geneva is finalised.

HRCSL Chairperson Jagath Balasuriya told The Morning yesterday (28) that the HRCSL does not yet know as to who would comprise the delegation led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make its way to the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, which is to commence next month.

“Once we know the constituency and the membership of the delegation, we can discuss the situation,” Balasuriya added.

The report by Bachelet on “Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability, and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” has dealt with emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability, and human rights. The specific threats mentioned include the increased militarisation of civilian government functions and the State, the reversal of constitutional safeguards, the political obstruction of accountability for crimes and human rights violations, majoritarian and exclusionary rhetoric, the surveillance and intimidation of the civil society, and the shrinking democratic space.

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