HCHR on Sri Lanka

by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk, UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 7, 2023

Global update: High Commissioner outlines concerns in over 40 countries

In Sri Lanka, debilitating debt, and economic crisis, have sharply restricted people’s access to fundamental economic and social rights. Recovery policies will need to redress inequalities, and invest in social protections and other levers of economic resilience. They should also tackle underlying issues of corruption, transparency and accountability in governance, as well as entrenched impunity. The reliance on draconian security laws, as well as the harassment and surveillance of civil society and victims, must end. My Office remains committed to supporting a genuine and comprehensive approach to transitional justice.

Full video at Volker Türk (OHCHR), High-Level Segment – 1st Meeting, 52nd Regular Session Human Rights Council | UN Web TV

UN Human Rights High Commissioner delivering Global Update speech at 52 Human Rights Council in Room 20 at the Palais des Nations 07/03/2023, Geneva Switzerland, ©OHCHR Anthony Headley.

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