Sri Lanka

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to strengthen the language of the draft Human Rights Council Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka and to build support from Human Rights Council members for an international inquiry into Sri Lanka.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We continue to play a leading role in securing a strong resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council. The draft resolution includes a call for an international investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international humanitarian and human rights law on both sides during the civil war in Sri Lanka, in addition to calling for progress on human rights, reconciliation and a political settlement. This is a huge step forward and will help break new ground if the Council is successful in establishing an international mechanism.

We are playing a leading role in urging other Council members to support this resolution. The Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) and I have led our efforts to secure a strong resolution, and have raised Sri Lanka at ministerial level with the majority of Council members. We are also using our diplomatic network to engage with host governments in support of the resolution.

The Council will have voted on the draft resolution by 28 March.

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