Campaign on the re-election of Sri Lanka onto the UN HRC

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As part of a wider network of NGOs working on issues linked to the HRC, EHAHRDP was involved in an international campaign, led by Human Rights Watch, aimed at preventing the re-election of Sri Lanka onto the Council.

EHAHRDP not only signed onto and joined the international campaign but was also in charge of developing the African component of the campaign for which is drew-up an advocacy letter, which was signed by 16 organisations from 14 African States and sent to African MFAs and UN representatives.

The campaign generated significant reaction, notably from the Sri Lanka government.

Sri Lanka was not re-elected.

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