Thursday, 1 November 2012 (afternoon)
(Disclaimer: The following brief is intended for use of the information media and is not an official record. The note provides a brief factual summary of the UPR Working Group meeting with the State under review and does not cover all points addressed. An official summary of the meeting can be found in the Working Group report.)
Sri LankaRepresented by a 15-member delegation headed by Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries, and Special envoy of the President on Human Rights.
To access national report, compilation of UN information, and summary of stakeholders’ information, visit
the Sri Lanka page of the UPR website.
Benin, India, Spain.
Few points raised in the opening statement of State under review:(See full statement on
the Sri Lanka page of the extranet)
In total 99
States participated in the dialogue: 37 HRC members and 61 observers (Statements available on
the Sri Lanka page of the extranet).
Positive achievements noted by delegations included, among others:
Issues and questions raised by the Working Group included,
States participating in the dialogue posed a series of
recommendations to Sri Lanka. These pertained to the following issues,
human rights instruments: the 2nd OP to the ICCPR, the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Convention on enforced disappearances, the Rome Statute of the ICC, and the OPCAT.
The adoption of the report of the UPR Working Group on Sri Lanka is scheduled to take place on Monday, 5 November.
The troikas are a group of three States selected through a drawing of lots who serve as rapporteurs and who are charged with preparing the report of the Working Group on the country review with the involvement of the State under review and assistance from the OHCHR.
Media contact: Rolando Gómez, Public Information Officer, OHCHR, + 41(0)22 917 9711,
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