Sri Lanka: Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment has she has made for the implications of her policies of the UN report entitled Sri Lanka on alarming path towards recurrence of grave human rights violations, published 27 January 2021.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government was concerned by the report on Sri Lanka published in January 2021 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The UK takes allegations of human rights violations very seriously, and we continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to improve human rights and deliver justice and accountability for violations committed during and after the conflict. In March 2021, the UK led a new resolution, 46/1, at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. The resolution provides a continued framework for international engagement on human rights, highlights serious concerns about the situation, and stresses the importance of a comprehensive accountability process for all violations and abuses committed in Sri Lanka.

The Minister for South Asia Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon has raised the importance of these issues on several occasions with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, most recently during calls on 10 May and 24 September respectively. The Foreign Secretary raised the importance of upholding human rights when she met with Foreign Minister Peiris on 26 October.

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