FI submits UPR reports on Zambia, Pakistan, Benin, Peru and Sri Lanka
In view of the upcoming 14th session of the UPR in October, FI has submitted reports on the situation of human rights in Zambia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Japan, Benin and Peru with the collaboration of Franciscans working at the grassroots level. The reports were written in conjunction with several partner organisations who are also active in these countries. The rights of the child and women's rights are key concerns across the countries, specifically as regards issues around education and discrimination. Particularly troubling issues regarding the rights of the child include the situation of children living on the street in Zambia, child labour in Pakistan and the practice of ritual infanticide in Benin. Discrimination against the minority Afro-Peruvian community is the primary focus of the Peru report. Sri Lanka's prolonged conflict has created a situation that severly limits the enjoyment of human rights. The Sri Lanka report raises issues related to Internally Displaced Persons and peace and reconciliation.