Feb 24, 2020

UNHRC session begins today

The 43rd Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is scheduled to begin in Geneva, today (24).

Member states will deliberate on a number of global human rights concerns during the session until March 20th.

The Sri Lankan delegation is to be headed by minister of Foreign Relations - Dinesh Gunawardena, who is due to address the UNHRC session on Wednesday.

He is expected to formally announce the government’s stance of withdrawing from the process of co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions 30/1 and 40/1 pertaining to Sri Lanka’s reconciliation mechanisms.

State minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Relations and three other officials will represent Sri Lanka at the session.

Meanwhile, minister of Foreign Relations - Dinesh Gunawardena is to meet the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to convey Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of Resolution 40/1 of March 2019 since it violated the country’s constitution and served only to appease extremist sections and vested interests, his media office stated.