September 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Positive and far-reaching recommendations made

Signaling the Government’s decision to go ahead with formulating and implementing a National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, the Cabinet of Ministers this week approved the appointment of a Cabinet sub-committee, assisted by the Attorney General and other stake holders, to formulate a draft National Action Plan and make recommendations to the Cabinet expeditiously.

The Government took up the issue of National Action Plan for Human Rights at the first Cabinet meeting held after the passage in Parliament of the important 18th Amendment to the Constitution, on Wednesday.

The process of developing a National Action Plan was initiated after the voluntary pledge by the Government of Sri Lanka at the Universal Periodic Review in May 2008. Subsequently, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, with financial support from the UNDP began developing the Action Plan.

The main objectives of the National Action Plan are to achieve genuine and substantive improvements in the observance of human rights, promotion of greater awareness of human rights, both among the general public and specific sectors, and promotion of coordination of human rights activity among diverse stakeholders.

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