India, Spain and Benin have been assigned by United Nations Human Rights Chief Navaneetham Pillay to assess the human rights situation in Sri Lanka at the November Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The government is reportedly perturbed over Ms. Pillay’s decision because these countries were among those which voted in favour of the UN resolution on Sri Lanka in March this year.

The resolution called for the implementation of the recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation   Commission (LLRC) and urged the Sri Lankan government to address accountability issues during the last stages of the war.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is expected to submit its report to Ms. Pillay during its sessions in March next year with regard to the progress made by Sri Lanka in addressing matters mentioned in the resolution.

Sri Lanka’s HR situation will be assessed at the 14th UPR to be held between October 22 and November 25.   The UPR is a mechanism set up by the United Nations to review human rights practices in member countries once every four years. It is a voluntary process, and therefore, decisions taken are not referred for action by any UN body.

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