UNHRC Current Affairs

India-born Surya Deva appointed UN Adviser on Human Rights and Businesses

An India-born academician Surya Deva has been appointed as the United Nations (UN) Adviser on Human Rights and Businesses.

He was appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the Asia-Pacific representative of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

About Surya Deva

  • Surya Deva is an associate professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.
  • His research interests lie in Business and Human Rights, India-China Constitutional Law, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development.
  • In 2014, he was elected a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law.
  • Recently he had written a background paper for India’s National Framework on Business and Human Rights.
  • He is one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal. He also sits on the Editorial Board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights.

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UNHRC unanimously adopts resolution on Sri Lanka

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has unanimously adopted US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka on the report submitted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka.

The resolution follows up on the report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka and was co-sponsored by 25 countries besides the US and Sri Lanka.

It has called for the Office of Human Rights Commissioner to continue the monitoring of Sri Lanka’s progress in the implementation of its recommendations.

India has welcomed the consensus resolution saying that Sri Lanka has rejected extremist voices and is moving towards genuine reconciliation with the minority community.

Background

  • The report submitted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for promoting reconciliation between ethnic communities and accountability over war crimes.
  • It has identified patterns of grave human rights violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011. It also has strongly indicated that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides 3 decades long civil war.
  • The report has recommended the establishment of a hybrid special court, lawyers, integrating international judges, prosecutors and investigators as an essential step towards justice to victims.

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