Geneva Session: SL listed in provisional agenda

By Easwaran Rutnam

Sri Lanka has been listed in the provisional agenda for the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva which begins next month.

The annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary General will be presented under item two of the session to be held from 24 February-20 March 2020.

In its Resolution 30/1, the UNHRC requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka.

In its Resolution 40/1, the Council also requested the OHCHR to present a written update to the Council at its 43rd Session.

Accordingly, the agenda released last week notes that the Council will consider the written update of OHCHR (A/HRC/43/19) at the March session.

The composition of the UNHRC at its 43rd Session will be Afghanistan (2020), Angola (2020), Argentina (2021), Armenia (2022), Australia (2020), Austria (2021), Bahamas (2021), Bahrain (2021), Bangladesh (2021), Brazil (2022), Bulgaria (2021), Burkina Faso (2021), Cameroon (2021), Chile (2020), Czechia (2021), Democratic Republic of the Congo (2020), Denmark (2021), Eritrea (2021), Fiji (2021), Germany (2022), India (2021), Indonesia (2022), Italy (2021), Japan (2022), Libya (2022), Marshall Islands (2022), Mauritania (2022), Mexico (2020), Namibia (2022), Nepal (2020), Netherlands (2022), Nigeria (2020), Pakistan (2020), Peru (2020), Philippines (2021), Poland (2022), Qatar (2020), Republic of Korea (2022), Senegal (2020), Slovakia (2020), Somalia (2021), Spain (2020), Sudan (2022), Togo (2021), Ukraine (2020), Uruguay (2021), and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (2022).