UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to pay visit to Sri Lanka

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to pay visit to Sri Lanka

14 August 2019 10:00 am

Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur from the United Nations on Freedom of Religion or Belief, is scheduled to pay an official visit to Sri Lanka on August 15, reports said.

Upon his arrival, it is the Special Rapporteur's expectation to have an open exchange with the government to try to gain a better understanding of how religious rights are being upheld, according to reports. 

Shaheed said he is looking forward to learning about the efforts of the government in developing and maintaining peaceful coexistence among different religious communities.

The Special Rapporteur will also review the progress made in regard to implementation of the recommendations submitted during the last visit on the same property of rights by Asma Jahangir, former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, in 2005, reports further claimed. Tracing gaps and obstacles upon implementation of the previous recommendations to strengthen Sri Lankan citizens' right to enjoy their religious freedom, Shaheed is aimed to exhibit new recommendations at overcoming them, according to reports.

The UN Special Rapporteur reportedly will assume the misison for twelwe days, from August 15 - 26.

During the stay, the UN Special Rapporteur will meet government officials, advocates for religious groups, civil society organisations and the UN.

MIAP