During the session on Sri Lanka at the 14th session of the UPR today 99 countries made short statements following the presentation of a report by the Sri Lankan Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.

Minister Samarasinghe, in his speech  after presenting the report on Sri Lanka, responded to most of the concerns raised by some countries in questions posed at the UPR.

The United States, which was among the countries which spoke at the session today, said that serious human rights violations continue in Sri Lanka, including disappearances, torture, extra-judicial killings, and threats to freedom of expression.  Opposition figures have been harassed, detained, and prosecuted.

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said that in light of reports on moves to impeach the Chief Justice, Sri Lanka must strengthen judicial independence by ending government interference with the judicial process, protecting members of the judiciary from attacks, and restoring a fair, independent, and transparent mechanism to oversee judicial appointments.

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