UK expects adding further input to UN Interim Report on SL

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The UK Government said it was anticipating further representations on the UN Interim Report on the implementation of UN Resolution on Sri Lanka, at the ongoing UNHRC Sessions in Geneva.

In response to a question by Opposition Whip Vicky Foxcroft in House of Commons on Tuesday, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said the UK was closely monitoring the delivery of the commitments made by Sri Lanka under UN Resolution 34/1.

“In collaboration with the UN, international partners, Sri Lankan Government and civil society, we are closely monitoring the delivery of these commitments. The UK continues to support the Sri Lankan Government in its efforts to promote reconciliation and human rights,” he said.

He said the UK is also providing Sri Lanka with £6.6 million of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, funding over three years, to include support for police reform and training, reconciliation and peacebuilding and demining.

Meanwhile, Minister Field said he discussed the importance of the Sri Lankan Government meeting its obligations during his visit to Colombo and Jaffna in October last year.

“Among these were establishing transitional justice mechanisms, including a credible accountability process for those most responsible for violations and abuses during Sri Lanka's civil war and the return of military held civilian land, particularly in the north and east,” he said.

When asked what recent assessment has been made of the human rights record of Sri Lanka, Minister Field said the UK is committed to the full implementation of UN Resolution on Sri Lanka.

“This year the UK will continue to encourage progress on human rights issues, including modern slavery, gender inequality, and reform of discriminatory laws,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Nishantha Friday, 02 March 2018 09:23 AM

    This confirms our contention that the content of the draft is based on the mood of the big bullies at the UNHRC.

    Herath Friday, 02 March 2018 09:26 AM

    The more they do it the more SL should side with China to mount pressure on the hostile nations.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 02 March 2018 10:19 AM

    No problem, the more you side with China you will finally give the whole country on 99 year lease and perhaps we can change the name to Chinlanka..

    Banda Friday, 02 March 2018 10:58 AM

    Buffalo,we do what is good for our country and you have no say on this.

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 02 March 2018 11:43 AM

    Dear Banda, do you think the new ruthless colonial master China, a dictatorship trampling on human rights, is good for Sri Lanka?

    Chari Friday, 02 March 2018 09:43 AM

    They should simply be asked to leave us alone. We as a Nation fought and defeated a Terrorist Organization. There was never a War against Tamils. They were also killed by the LTTE. Have a backbone to fight this.

    Premalal Friday, 02 March 2018 09:53 AM

    Strong political Backbones are in short supply in Sri Lanka. All they can do best is rob and run.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 02 March 2018 10:58 AM

    Killing terrorists or LTTE is fine, but exterminating innocent civilians in the guise of eliminating terrorists is the issue. No amount of falsehoods or even the strongest backbone will breakdown for nothing but the truth.

    Sach Friday, 02 March 2018 10:08 AM

    What has Sri Lanka got in return of appeasing west?

    partiot Friday, 02 March 2018 10:44 AM

    Racism is fast getting ground in Sri Lanka, some thing should be done by the relevant authorities for reconciliation between all the communities living in Sri Lanka to co-exist peacefully.

    Janaka Friday, 02 March 2018 10:46 AM

    What goes around comes back around

    Kumara Friday, 02 March 2018 03:02 PM

    Expedite reconciliation process in SL, including new constitution to give justice to innocent victims of the recently terminated war. Dragging feet and thereby believing the international community will forget won't work. The UN Resolutions will be need to be implemented for peaceful co-existence in the island nation in the 21st century and beyond.


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