Sri Lankan Delegation to the 9th Session UNHRC meets with key officials, delegations
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
The Sri Lankan delegation to the 9th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) led by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, and accompanied by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights and Mr. P. M. Mohan Peiris, P.C., Legal Consultant to the Ministry of Defence arrived in Geneva yesterday (Wednesday, 03rd September), ahead of the Session, which is to be held from 8th to 26th of September 2008. Mr. Yasantha Kodagoda, Deputy Solicitor General, is also expected to join the delegation later.
This morning (4th September), the Sri Lanka delegation headed by Hon.
Minister Samarasinghe met with a number of key high-ranking officials
to brief them about the present situation in Sri Lanka and the government's
efforts to promote and protect human rights. The meetings included sessions
with H.E. Mr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, President of the Human Rights
Council and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
Office in Geneva, Mr. Anders B. Johnsson, the Secretary-General of the
Inter Parliamentary Union, and Mr. Brunson Mckinley, the Director General
of the International Organization for Migration.
The President of the Human Rights Council and the Ambassadors of Russia, Denmark, Holy See, Chile, Germany, Slovenia, Cuba and representatives of USA, India, the Philippines, UK, Canada, Pakistan and Argentina attended this working lunch.
The Hon. Minister and the delegation are expected to meet the newly appointed United Nations High-Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay tomorrow.
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