Aug 14, 2019

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to visit SL Featured

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka, from 15 to 26 August.

The Special Rapporteur is scheduled to identify the obstacle faced by the people of this country in enjoying their freedom to follow a religion of their choice and to give his recommendations in this regard.

During his 12-day visit, Shaheed will meet Government officials, representatives of religious or belief communities, civil society organizations and the UN.


The Special Rapporteur will examine progress made in the implementation of recommendations during the visit of the former UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir, in 2005.

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on 26 August 2019, at 14:30 local time at the United Nations Compound, 202-204 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, to present his preliminary observations and will present a report with his conclusions and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2020.

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