ANFREL, PAFFREL, CMEV file joint submission for fourth UPR of Sri Lanka

The Asia Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and members People's Action for Free & Fair Elections (PAFFREL) and Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) filed a joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the fourth periodic report of Sri Lanka at the 42nd session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group Committee.

Among the points raised in the joint submission are:

-the lack of legal provision for supplemental voter registers led to the deprivation of the voting rights of at least 200,000 young voters to as much as 700,000 citizens who have attained the age of 18 years old during the 2019 presidential elections and the 2020 parliamentary elections
-Sri Lanka has failed to enhance women's participation with only 12 of 225 members of parliament are women
-voting mechanism for persons with disabilities could be improved

The joint submission also outlined key recommendations to make progress on human rights and democracy in the country:

The review of Sri Lanka is on 1 February 2023. Read the full joint submission here: "Joint Submission: 42nd Session of the UPR Working Group | Sri Lanka"



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