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UN human rights chief to visit Sri Lanka

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, will begin a four-day official visit on Saturday to Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government, a UN spokesman told reporters here Friday.
 
"During his visit, the high commissioner will discuss a range of current challenges and opportunities for strengthening the rule of law and protection of human rights in Sri Lanka, including reviewing the implementation of the recommendations made in his report to the (UN) Human Rights Council, and in its subsequent Resolution 30/1 on 'promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka'," Farhan Haq, the deputy UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing here.
 
The senior UN official will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as well as other high-level government officials, Haq said.
 
He will also hold talks with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, representatives of civil society, victims of human rights violations, and religious leaders, he said.
 
In addition to the capital Colombo, the high commissioner will also visit Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kandy, he added. (Xinhua)

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