Sri Lanka

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

We continue to have a number of serious concerns about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, such as the harassment of human rights defenders and activists, and attacks on religious minorities. President Sirisena has pledged to lead a more democratic and accountable government, including restoring the independence of the police and judiciary, ensuring electoral reforms, and protecting the rights and freedoms of all religions in Sri Lanka. We welcome these early commitments.

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