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Melani Manel Perera
For UN high commissioner, Sri Lanka is moving towards authoritarianism
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay expressed this concern at the end of an official visit to the country. Although the government allowed her to move freely, priests and activists have reported threats against them. The UN official also met with relatives of people who disappeared.
27/08/2013 SRI LANKA
Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka to vet human rights violations
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is in Colombo at the start of a five-day visit. She plans to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and make short trips to the country's hotspots.
20/04/2010 UNITED NATIONS – GULF
UN calls on Gulf States to respect the rights of women and immigrants
According to UN human rights chief, it is time for region to overhaul local legal framework. Current laws discriminate against women, who are prevented from making choices about themselves and their country, and against immigrants who are at the mercy of employers.
20/11/2017 15:10:00 UNITED NATIONS – SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations made by United Nations Human Rights Council
At the Universal Periodic Review at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the head of the Sri Lankan delegation asks for patience with respect to the implementation of reforms. Critics exert pressure on issues like the people who went missing during the civil war, the return of seized lands, and the release and compensation for those unjustly accused of terrorism. Human Rights Watch also calls for action in matters of sexual orientation and gender identity.
16/10/2007 SRI LANKA – UNITED NATIONS
UN finds human rights situation in Sri Lanka ‘alarming’
In her recent visit the UN Commissioner for Human Rights called for observers to monitor abuses on the island. Minister Samarasinghe rejects the demand and claims government commission doing an adequate job. However, four of its members quit yesterday complaining about its uselessness.
China announces “action plan” on human rights
A group of experts should draft a charter of rights over the next two years to protect human rights. Many experts fear it might just be a propaganda ploy, urge the authorities to take concrete steps to show its good will.
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