Sri Lanka

House of Lords written question – answered at on 14 July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue their efforts, with the support of the Commonwealth, to establish an independent and credible inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka in 2008 and 2009, following the United Nations Resolution on this matter of March 2014.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We strongly support the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 27 March establishing an international investigation, and welcome the subsequent appointment of the investigative team. We will continue to urge the government of Sri Lanka to cooperate fully with the Office of the High Commissioner and with this investigation, and to ensure that those engaging with the investigation can do so without fear of intimidation or reprisals.

In parallel, we will continue to urge the government of Sri Lanka to take meaningful, concrete steps to implement fully the actions called for in the March 2014 Human Rights Council resolution and in the recommendations of its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

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