During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on freedom of expression, 2006 (visit accepted)
Received Sub-Committee visit
Sri Lanka tabled its voluntary pledges and commitments in support of its candidacy for membership of the Council for the period of 2008-2011 on 31 March 2008.
Domestically, Sri Lanka pledged to: strengthen national human rights mechanisms, including by reconstituting the Constitutional Council and the National Human Rights Commission; draft a Human Rights Charter to bring national human rights guarantees in line with international obligations; submit its periodic reports to Treaty Bodies; guarantee civil and political rights as well as economic and cultural rights, including through the promotion of social protection for women, children, elderly and people with disabilities; promote public awareness regarding human rights protection; advance the rights of children and women through the National Child Protection Authority and the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment.
Internationally, Sri Lanka committed to: combat trafficking of human beings by engaging with the international community and enforcing global standards; participate actively in the work of the Council; and assist the OHCHR to make the Treaty Body system more effective.
An analysis of Sri Lanka’s steps take in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it participated in around 70% of panel and general debates, and 35% of interactive dialogues. In terms of cooperation with Special Procedures, Sri Lanka has facilitated almost 75% all visit requests and responded to only 25% of communications received.