Sri Lankan officials risk listing by UK

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Sri Lankan officials, including Army Commander of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva risks being designated by the United Kingdom (UK) under a new British sanctions regime.

In a written response submitted to the UK House of Commons, Minister of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Nigel Adams did not confirm or deny moves to designate Sri Lankan officials accused of human rights abuses.

Asked about the possibility of the UK imposing sanctions or travel restrictions on Sri Lankan officials accused of alleged war crimes, Adams noted that the UK has announced its intention to establish a UK autonomous Global Human Rights ('Magnitsky-style') sanctions regime.

The regulations will come into force once secondary legislation is laid in the UK Parliament in the coming months.

“It would be inappropriate to comment on potential designations before the regulations come into force,” he added.

The United States had recently designated Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva, a move which drew strong criticism from the Sri Lankan Government.

Adams noted that the UK has long supported Sri Lanka's accountability commitments made to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) through resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1 as the best way to establish the truth regarding alleged crimes committed by all sides during the Sri Lankan civil war, as well as to achieve accountability and reconciliation.

He recalled that in August 2019, the British High Commission in Colombo issued a joint statement alongside other European partners to express concern about the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army due to the allegations of grave human rights and humanitarian law violations against him.

“We continue to underline the importance of accountability, justice and reconciliation in our engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka, including through the statement of the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva on February 27. The Minister for South Asia Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon underlined the importance of these issues when he met the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena, in Geneva on February 25,” he said.(Easwaran Rutnam)

 

  Comments - 10

  • LONDONISTAN Monday, 09 March 2020 10:14 AM

    UK has always supported terrorists this is nothing new they cant even stop terror attacks in there country thats why they hate our general for having the experience to stop terrorists

    Peopo Monday, 09 March 2020 04:13 PM

    Londanstan guy why r u living in London, because you don't have a proper ADDRESS

    Andrew Silva Monday, 09 March 2020 11:17 AM

    Killing of 300 innocent Christians is not a terror attack according to you. Was Sri Lanka able to stop that?

    Lankan Monday, 09 March 2020 02:42 PM

    Could’ve stopped if not for sheer negligence....

    Ram Monday, 09 March 2020 01:56 PM

    Can SL Government challenge countries like UK

    Jehan Monday, 09 March 2020 02:44 PM

    Let’s face it , if we are stopped from exporting to US and UK due to sanctions, all the people can go to gnansarayas temple For jobs.

    Jehan Monday, 09 March 2020 02:44 PM

    Let’s face it , if we are stopped from exporting to US and UK due to sanctions, all the people can go to gnansarayas temple For jobs.

    Jehan Monday, 09 March 2020 02:44 PM

    Let’s face it , if we are stopped from exporting to US and UK due to sanctions, all the people can go to gnansarayas temple For jobs.

    K.L Pathirana Tuesday, 10 March 2020 08:00 AM

    Ha .. ha we're only getting the message now. Yes in deed why not put every Sri Lankan in that black list ? After all they're the ones responsible for electing a group of morons who doesn't understand the meaning of "Breach" after sign of a treaty we're happy to ignore the importance. The government treats it like an election promise.

    neil Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:55 PM

    Iraq and wepons of mass distruction


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