Sri Lanka Refuses UN Rapporteur


The government has refused to accede to a request by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, to visit Sri Lanka.

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva has told La Rue that his mandate on Sri Lanka was only for the period the UN Human Rights Council resolution 19/2 adopted in March 2012 was in force and not after.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha had told the Special Rapporteur that the March 2012 resolution has now lapsed and is ready to be submitted to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva.






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