Sri Lanka: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the protection of human rights in Sri Lanka.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

​I made statements on 26 and 29 October setting out our concerns at political developments in Sri Lanka and calling for due political process to be upheld. The FCO condems any reported intimidation of journalists and TV stations.

The UK is committed to supporting human rights and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans. While we welcome some recent progress against its UN Human Rights Council commitments, more remains to be done. I visited Colombo in early October, where I urged the government to make more progress, including towards the establishment of transitional justice and accountability mechanisms; constitutional reform; and the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). I also met the leader of the Tamil National Alliance, as well as human rights and civil society activists. In August we announced £1m of extra UK funding to support resettlement of war-displaced families in the north and east of the country.

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