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Sri Lanka

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Government of Sri Lanka, the United Nations Secretary-General and the United Nations Human Rights Council have implemented each of the recommendations made by the Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka; and whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of any such assessment.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We welcomed the publication of the United Nations (UN) Panel of Expert's report and encouraged Sri Lanka to act on the report's recommendations. Sri Lankan officials have informed us that the report of the Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will address the material within the UN panel's report. The LLRC's report was handed to the Sri Lankan president on 20 November and we have urged the Sri Lankan Government to make it public at the earliest opportunity.

On 12 September the UN Secretary-General submitted the report to the president of the UN Human Rights Council. The Secretary-General also announced on 24 September that Thoraya Obaid, former executive director of the UN Population Fund, would implement the recommendation that the UN reviews its own role during the military conflict.

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