Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka being accountable for the pledges it has made before international declarations will be facing its sixth review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on 08 and 09 March, 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The sixth periodic review by Sri Lanka was submitted on 22 February, 2019 to the Human Rights Committee. The island nation pledged before the ICCPR on 11 June, 1980, and has submitted five subsequent periodic reports from 1983 to 2013. Sri Lanka has participated five reviews from 1983 to 2014.
At the request of Sri Lanka, the sixth review will be held in ‘hybrid format’ and will be led by Sri Lanka’s permanent Representative to the United Nations Himalee Arunatilaka. The Sri Lankan delegation comprises senior officials from the Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Public Security, Attorney General’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations participating in person.
Senior officials from Sri Lanka will also be joining the review virtually representing the Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Women, Child Affairs and Missing Persons, Office on Reparations and Office for National Unity and Reconciliation.