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By Jamila Najmuddin


The British Foreign office has named Sri Lanka as a country of concern saying it reflects Britain’s concerns about allegations of serious conflict violations, as well as the deteriorating status of the rule of law and freedom of expression in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is the only country to be added on the annual human rights report by Britain this year as a country of concern and follows recommendations by the Foreign Affairs Committee, the British Foreign office said.

The report, among other issues in Sri Lanka, notes that while there has been little LTTE activity in Sri Lanka following the end of the fighting in May a number of other armed groups continue to operate.

The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) and cadres loyal to Muralitharan (aka Karuna), a Tamil government minister and former senior LTTE member, are reported to continue to carry arms in the east, the British Foreign office said.

It said that the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam and other Tamil paramilitary groups are alleged to have been active in IDP camps in Vavuniya. And in Jaffna in the far north, Eelam People’s Democratic Party, a government-aligned Tamil political party, is reported to be continuing to engage in paramilitary activity and to threaten political opponents. There have been claims that some of these groups disarmed in the latter stages of 2009 but there has been no verifiable disarmament process. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Friday, 19 March 2010 11:27 AM

    weatern contries are countries of concerns for the rest of the world.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:29 AM

    Britain, please dont interfere in Sri Lanka's affairs, we are a patriotic banana republic.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:33 AM

    another journalist was arrested yesterday so these reports are not surprising

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:53 AM

    This is just hilareous... While LTTE was active brits didn't have any concern, now they are talking about deteriorating conditions...
    Just for the sake of redicule, SL should add UK to a similar list.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 12:13 PM

    Yeah, Sri Lanka also has Britan as a country of concern related to human rights violations during it's invasions.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 12:19 PM

    We said Bye Bye to you long ago !

    Friday, 19 March 2010 12:37 PM

    Country of disaster in Asia after a protracted civil war nearly 30 years

    Friday, 19 March 2010 12:43 PM

    What about UK Sir? How many innocent children and women killed by you in Iraq? In Afghanistan?

    Friday, 19 March 2010 01:00 PM

    There is no democracy in Sri Lanka.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 01:04 PM

    Enough has been said by all the international powers. It's about time to tranform words into action.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 01:38 PM

    Well uk.........very good points

    Friday, 19 March 2010 01:46 PM

    Our president talked about the Law the other day and what about the activities of the armed para military groups! You cannot take double standards! You will be found out soon!

    Friday, 19 March 2010 02:37 PM

    Why dont you look up your backs

    Friday, 19 March 2010 02:48 PM

    Britain is a BIG concern to US too. Why the hell UK is interfering our internal affairs.. let us sort out our issues and stay away.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 02:49 PM

    Dont worry Rathnasiri and Pachayuda will take up the matter.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 02:52 PM

    Before the end of war, Tamils had only one devil with arms but now there are many, many devils with arms. Did the war achieve anything? nothing!

    Friday, 19 March 2010 02:57 PM

    But we will shamefully say hello When we are in need.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:00 PM

    Maybe if they were still our "lord and master", it would be different!? Or is it that they still want to "lord" over us??

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:02 PM

    britain do some thing sri lankan gov do not care about concern.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:03 PM

    Good move by UK.well done.we need democratic and media freedom.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:03 PM

    British will pay a big price 4 this

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:09 PM

    Are sure you are Sri Lankan? You must surely be a left over for colonial rulers...shame on you...go and live in UK.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:13 PM

    I AM BEING A SRI LANKAN AND LIVING IN COLOMBO

    I AM PLEASE WITH BRITISH GOVT VIEWS

    SRI LANKAN GOVT HAS TO LEARN A LESSON

    UK AS A INTERNATIONAL DONOR COMMUNITIES HAS
    EVERY WRIGHT TO CRITICS OUR COUNTRY

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:28 PM

    Miliband should mind his own bloody business.
    This is 21 st century.
    We care about What China and India think about us, What other Asians think about us. Down with British neocolonialist trash.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 03:30 PM

    ALL COUNTRIES WHO VALUE DEMOCRACY UST BE CONCERNED ABOUT THINGS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY. This country is nothing better than MAYANMAR

    Friday, 19 March 2010 04:21 PM

    the srilankan is very good in criticise but the real facts are srilanka is goning down wards in many years, in education, economic, culture, religion, rule of law, the most of the politicians are in UK for better education, and work and live

    Friday, 19 March 2010 05:00 PM

    Both the US and UK are so worried about the defeat of the LTTE - that's why all this fuss.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 05:32 PM

    We don't want any aid from them. Let them leave us alone.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 05:42 PM

    'Double standards' is the term for bankrupt political leaders like Brown and Miliband.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 06:50 PM

    Kick, the UK embassy, out of Lanka!

    Friday, 19 March 2010 07:12 PM

    Being both Sri Lankan and patriotic, does not equal being blind to reality.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 07:48 PM

    The UK shed its colonial attitudes a long time ago ... but, Sri Lankans still carry them in their heads.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 07:52 PM

    When is the next meeting with the EU, to beg for the GSP+, you ... 'vocal heroes'?

    Friday, 19 March 2010 08:02 PM

    It is time that the UN act, ASAP, on HR issues.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 09:18 PM

    We can say all we want about the UK, but the facts remain true ...

    Friday, 19 March 2010 09:48 PM

    They are only talking like this because they think they are still a colonial power. They have lost it all, but have not realised what happened to them. Poor British!

    Friday, 19 March 2010 10:46 AM

    MR's Sri Lanka is slowly but surely going down the drain to the level of RM's Zimbabwe and end up as one of the worst pariah nations in the world. "Suba Anagathayak"

    Friday, 19 March 2010 10:51 AM

    WELL SAID UK-STOP ALL LOANS/FUNDINGS UNTIL THESE ARE SORTED OUT TO SRI LANKA

    Friday, 19 March 2010 10:13 PM

    But, all will send their children to UK universities ...

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:00 AM

    concern for Miliband and Brown ,Not for other.Please wait for TILL TORI TAKE OVER

    Friday, 19 March 2010 10:43 PM

    What is 'not true,' as far as their report is concerned?

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:06 AM

    British come here stay here caryy out a detailed analysis and the issue report without imaging things

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:14 AM

    We have the identical view about Britain for its illegal invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and gross violation of human rights and war crime in those countries. Have a good look of you in the mirror!

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:17 AM

    Well done Mr. Bogollagama!

    Friday, 19 March 2010 11:22 AM

    Is SL listed because we are not dancing to the british tune?


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