The British Government regularly raise concerns about lack of progress on post-conflict reconciliation, accountability and the current human rights situation with the Government of Sri Lanka. We have ongoing human rights concerns about Sri Lanka, including on freedom of opinion and expression, and judicial independence. Our up to date assessment is available online as a ‘Country Update’ to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights Report for 2012. This can be found online at: www.hrdreport.fco.gov.uk.
We have been clear with the Sri Lankan government that we expect to see concrete progress on human rights, reconciliation, free, fair and peaceful Northern Provincial Council elections in September and that media and civil society have access and freedom of movement to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
We believe that CHOGM will either highlight Sri Lanka’s progress and respect for Commonwealth values, or draw attention to the absence of such progress. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend Mr Cameron and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend