Sri Lanka: Human Rights and Security

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered at on 11 May 2018.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) human rights and (b) security situation in Sri Lanka.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

There is limited progress on human rights in Sri Lanka. In March, the UK made its assessment of Sri Lanka's progress in the implementation of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution 30/1. While acknowledging positive steps taken, the statement described the slow pace of progress towards establishing transitional justice mechanisms as a disappointment, including delays in introducing new human rights compliant counter-terrorism legislation. Sri Lanka remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the British Government.

The Government of Sri Lanka called a State of Emergency in response to attacks on Muslim communities in February 2018. We have encouraged the authorities to ensure that those responsible are investigated and held accountable.

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