A five-member Sri Lanka government delegation will leave for Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in discussions at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
This decision has been taken following consultations held with President Maithripala Sirisena by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana among others.
The Sri Lanka Government Delegation will comprise of Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana (leader of the delegation), MP Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Deputy Solicitor General A. Nerin Pulle.
Consideration of the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ will take place at the ongoing 40th Session of the HRC on 20th March 2019, while the draft resolution on Sri Lanka on the same theme, which Sri Lanka has signed up to co-sponsor, is scheduled to be taken up on 21st March 2019, the statement said.
The five-member Sri Lanka delegation will be joined by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva A.L.A. Azeez, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Samantha Jayasuriya, and other relevant officials of the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in Geneva.