All countries subjected  to ‘UPR process’ - HC Kariyawasam



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by Shamindra Ferdinando


Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi Prasad Kariyawasam told The Island that the United Nations Human Rights Council had to establish a special mechanism called Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as there was a requirement to examine all countries.


HC Kariyawasam said that the UPR process would allow the examination of all member states of the UN equally. The UN General Assembly created the UPR on March 15, 2006. It was meant to periodically review situations, he said. Individual countries are scheduled for review every four years.


The veteran diplomat was responding to anti-Sri Lanka propaganda in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), next month.


The career diplomat said that various allegations had been made against different countries, therefore the attempt to single out Sri Lanka was unfair.


 "Human rights violations take place in every country in the world. We have our share of it and we are making efforts to correct them," HC Kariyawasam said.


External Affairs Ministry sources told The Island that examination of individual countries, including some of those who had been preaching human rights to other UN member states would reveal major violations. Sources said that Sri Lanka too, had faced the UPR process in addition to responding to a US-sponsored resolution targeting the country over accountability issues. Sources alleged that the resolution moved at the Human Rights Council in Geneva had compelled Sri Lanka to come before the council every six months.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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