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Sri Lankan president to meet UN human rights chief this week

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is set to meet with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein this week, according to a report in the Ceylon Today.

The Sri Lankan president is set to meet with the human rights chief in New York, where he is currently attending the UN General Assembly.

Earlier this month, the High Commissioner addressed the UN Human Rights Council noting frustration over the “slow pace of reforms” in Sri Lanka and said the absence of action on accountability meant exercising universal jurisdiction was “even more necessary”.

He went on to call for “a clear timeline and benchmarks” from the Sri Lankan government on the implementation of a UN resolution on accountability for mass atrocities.