SL remains a ‘Priority Country’ in UK HR report

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Sri Lanka has achieved limited progress in the human rights situation and remains a priority country in the United Kingdom’s Annual Human Rights Report 2017, the British High Commission on Monday said.

In a statement, it said Sri Lanka is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance.

Particular concerns highlighted by the report include attacks on minority communities and the slow delivery of key human rights and reconciliation commitments.

“The UK remains concerned by the lack of progress on introducing legislation that protects women and LGBT people from discrimination. The UK works with the government of Sri Lanka to support reconciliation and human rights. This continued engagement aims to strengthen democracy and the rule of law through support for police reform, demining, inter-faith dialogue and mediation and the UN’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan,” the statement said.

The Report underlines the UK’s desire to work positively with countries to help them improve their human rights performance.

The 30 HRPCs are: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

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  • Tunder Monday, 16 July 2018 05:18 PM

    How in the world is UK Qualified to give HR reports on Sri Lanka. DURING British Rule from 1797 - 1948 they have voliated every possible HR rights laws under the Sun. DONT FORGET that THE UN was created after WW2 to avoid an another blood bath among Europeans. Now they are trying to police the world using UN.

    Jaliya Monday, 16 July 2018 05:27 PM

    Sri Lankan people are very proud to be in this shit list of Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria ... countries. Therefore they will take no initiative or action to c/w UNHR resolution. When combined with drug trafficking via colombo it is not sri lanka it would be kudu lanka.

    Herath Monday, 16 July 2018 07:15 PM

    When the British,Portuguese,and Dutch ruled over Sri Lanka, they converted the poor and the downtrodden into Christians as part of their own security.The descendents of these converts remain a threat to Sri Lanka.

    GH Monday, 16 July 2018 06:44 PM

    What sort of rights the colonial masters have (US and UK ) in producing HR Records of other nations?

    Singhela Tuesday, 17 July 2018 02:13 PM

    Is this the same U.K. that deported Caribbeans who had lived and worked there for 50 years, and prevent British citizens from bringing their families to join them?


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