Lanka to host Commonwealth regional human rights seminar tomorrow

Colombo : The Parliament of Sri Lanka has decided to host a three day Commonwealth regional seminar from tomorrow to improve the abilities of parliamentarians to promote and protect human rights in Asia.

The seminar reportedly will take place from February 1 to 3 in Colombo.

Members of parliament, ministers, and human rights experts from Sri Lanka and other Commonwealth Asia countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Maldives will attend the seminar.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will deliver the keynote address during the opening of the seminar, reports the LankaPage.

The Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), in collaboration with the CPA Sri Lanka Branch, are jointly convening the seminar for Asia, India and South-East Asia Legislatures and will focus on ‘strengthening the role of Parliamentarians in the promotion and protection of human rights’.

The Parliamentarians in these three days will consider their relationship with the international human rights system including the work of the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review mechanism.

The Asia regional seminar in Sri Lanka will be the fourth in the series and seeks commitment to a practical set of actions as well as support for the establishment of a regional network of parliamentarians dedicated to implementing the declaration. (ANI)