The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would require $362,000 to implement the new resolution on Sri Lanka.
The Secretary of the Human Rights Council said that in order to implement the requests contained in draft resolution A/HRC/34/L.1, one-time resources would be required between 2018-2019.
Under the draft resolution six missions will need to be undertaken to Colombo of 14 days each by OHCHR Geneva-based staff with expertise in various thematic areas, including transitional justice and rule of law issues, in order to support the assessment of progress on the implementation of OHCHR’s recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights.
The related provisions have not been included under the proposed programme budget for the biennium 2018-2019. Accordingly the related additional requirements of $362,000, including $64,400 under section 2, General Assembly and Economic and Social Council affairs and conference management, and $297,600 under section 24, Human rights, will be required for the biennium 2018-2019.
The requirements, in accordance with established procedures, would be brought to the attention of the General Assembly, at its 72nd session, in the context of the annual report of the Secretary-General on the revised estimates resulting from resolutions and decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council during 2017.
Under the terms of operative paragraphs 3 and 4 of draft resolution A/HRC/34/L.1, the Human Rights Council would request the Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedure mandate holders, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, to strengthen their advice and technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka; and request the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session, and a comprehensive report followed by discussion on the implementation of resolution 30/1 at its fortieth session. (Colombo Gazette)