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The human rights situation in Sri Lanka in 2012 remained of serious concern, with a number of negative developments, including with regard to freedom of expression and media and judicial independence, the United Kingdom said.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the "Human Rights and Democracy report for 2012" prepared by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which documented UK's action to raise standards and stamp out abuses occurring globally.

“Serious human rights violations including intimidation of human rights defenders continued in Sri Lanka in 2012 and reports of enforced disappearances continued in the year,” the report stated

Stating that there was no progress in the investigation into the 2011 disappearance of Frontline Socialist Party campaigners Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Murugan in Jaffna, the report noted that no conclusive investigations into past incidents of right violations took place.

While noting that there were no reported killings of journalists in 2012, in contrast to previous years, the report concluded that there was no progress on investigations into the previous murders and disappearances of journalists, especially the killing of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga and the disappearance of cartoonist Prageeth Ekneliyagoda.

"We will do all we can to encourage Sri Lanka to demonstrate adherence to Commonwealth values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, particularly ahead of Sri Lanka's hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November," the report said..

The report on Sri Lanka
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  • Ranil Tuesday, 16 April 2013 04:06 AM

    The lankan government should ask the british govt. To appologise to all the crimes and attrocities they did to the people of this country during thier rule and this should be included in the common wealth meeting agenda

    kay parker Tuesday, 16 April 2013 04:24 AM

    Not only the Tamils.... the Muslims are also affected

    GC Tuesday, 16 April 2013 04:57 AM

    You seem to reflect the attitude of most countrymen who have their heads in the sand and live in the past, going even as far back as Dushta Gamini, which was the real name if I remember my history correctly. Please take your head out, open your eyes and look forward and correct current situations. Otherwise you will just bark at the moon and we can end up down a precipice bot economically and human rights-wise.

    Game Kolla Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:18 AM

    Those developed countries...first they developed the minds of the people....but in sri lanka its the other way round.

    nicky karunarathnara Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:17 AM

    We are seriously concerned about human rights and human wrongs in UK. Now BBC has banned the top of the charts: song ding dong witch is dead - as it is disrespect to their iron lady it seems. It is not only banning the free speech but also free popular music. On the funeral day British police won't allow .any demonstrator come near the funeral path too. What sort of human right freedom is this?

    Matalan Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:10 AM

    Spoken like a drugged Zombie with head buried in sand. ...and 2 wrongs don't make 1 right.

    Russell J. Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:33 AM

    When LTTE were killing innocent people,where were all of you.. mind your business.
    think before act....Help Sri Lanka to re build the country rather making unwanted comments or act against our Motherland........

    truth Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:50 AM

    Who are the culprits then?

    hello Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:53 AM

    typical srilankan comment nowadays to coverup the present govt's behaviour.

    Supun S Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:54 AM

    GC, read the history properly and unbiasedly, instead of barking against real heros who made this country proud in the by gone era!

    Yuri Tuesday, 16 April 2013 06:01 AM

    If they were not here.. you will live like in 16 century

    Ando Tuesday, 16 April 2013 03:54 AM

    kochchara kiwwath gaanak ne. No matter how hard you beat, it does not make any sense to them.


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