UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein's Visit

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Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein (born 26 January 1964) is the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, having taken up this post in September 2014. He succeeds Navi Pillay of South Africa, to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her tireless efforts and dedication in championing the centrality of human rights in the pursuit of sustainable peace and development.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein arrived in Sri Lanka on february 6 was received by Foreign affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Bandaranayake International Airport and held discussions at the Foreign Ministry. Zeid speaking to media in brief said that he was delighted to be in Sri Lanka and he had been looking forward to coming to Sri Lanka. He stating that he will be having talks with the highest officials in the Government and also representatives of all communities said he would be listening to everything they have to say and look forward to very constructive discussions. He also planed to have discussions with the president and prime minister including top government officials respectively.

The High Commissioner visited Jaffna and Trincomalee and met with the Governors and Chief Ministers of the Northern and Eastern Provinces respectively. He also had talks with families of the war victims and local civil society members.

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