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In a statement to the UNHRC, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, before the Council next considers Sri Lanka in March, next year.

The Sri Lanka Core Group comprises Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK.

“Our view remains that, with determined leadership and a clear time-bound action plan, this Government can make more progress towards delivering its Council commitments, and that doing so will better position Sri Lanka and its people to enjoy a more enduring reconciliation and prosperity,” the UK said.

“We welcome further recent steps Sri Lanka has taken to implement commitments made to the Council in 2015 and 2017. We welcome the Government’s continued engagement with the UN system and actions to implement its National Reconciliation Action Plan and Peacebuilding Priority Plan.

We applaud the Office on Missing Persons’ commencement of work and encourage everyone able to advance or contribute to its work to do so. We hope the Government will establish an Office for Reparations quickly. We also welcome the return of further private land in the north, and commitments to return the more military-occupied land to civilian ownership.

Nonetheless, the pace of progress on important areas remains much slower than many hoped for. As time passes, lack of progress in delivering key steps risks undermining reconciliation efforts.

In co-sponsoring resolution 30/1, Sri Lanka recognised that national accountability mechanisms are essential to dealing with the past, and to restoring confidence among its communities. These have yet to be established. The Prevention of Terrorism Act has not been replaced with a law that accords with international standards. And, though processes to consider reform to important provisions of the Constitution, including devolution of political authority, has been ongoing since 2016, a way forward has not been found. We are concerned by recent reports of harassment of and attacks on human rights defenders.”

  Comments - 9

  • Track Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:06 PM

    Fast track will never ever happen. This is Sri Lanka.

    Saranga Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:09 PM

    We dono what you are talking about

    Wise Donkey Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:26 PM

    Why these countries are not talking about the corruption in our country

    Lokka Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:58 PM

    After failing to give a lifeline to the LTTE before they were vanquished in 2009, UK is spearheading anti Sri Lanka agenda. UK is an enemy of this nation.

    Jayt Wednesday, 12 September 2018 08:06 PM

    We watched through out our life that british conspiracy established by colonial government continues against sri lakna and against the world. In case sri lanka, we allowed British to Commit crimes because our friendly attitude hopping British will be friendly, but it will never happened. And if it was another country British already expelled out not only from the country but from the region.

    Nadaal Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:25 PM

    Hello UK. Just have some contingency plans in case you have to leave EU without a favorable deal. We are ok without your advise . Take care of yourself. Good luck

    Banda Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:42 AM

    Remember that new nations born not by guns but by UN referendum forced by powerful nations.

    Sangaralingham Thursday, 13 September 2018 08:49 AM

    Just does not where to begin. Mostly guilt as well as passing time till elections. No guarantee of success it seems however no one seem fit to take over.all Luck of the game not signs of progress

    gamarala Friday, 14 September 2018 05:03 PM

    Meanwhile, the military regime in the north terrorises citizens. The policemen who shot the two motorcycle riding undergrads are not yet charged in courts. All drivers on roads to north, have to pay bribes to policemen every day.

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