UN Special Rapporteur to arrive in SL tomorrow

2019-08-14 at 12:07

The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, is set to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow on an official visit.

He is scheduled to stay in Sri Lanka till the 26th of August.

Issuing a statement Shaheed said he will look at how Sri Lanka promotes and protects the rights to freedom of religion or belief.

He said he also looks forward to learning about the efforts of the Government in developing and maintaining peaceful coexistence among different religious communities.

He will also aim to identify any existing or emerging obstacles to the enjoyment of the freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka by all and will present recommendations aimed at overcoming such obstacles.

During his 12-day visit, Shaheed will meet Government officials, representatives of religious or belief communities, civil society organisations and the UN.

Shaheed will present a report with his conclusions and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2020.