‘Time Has Come For International Action On Sri Lanka’ - UK Says At UNHRC

UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council a short while ago said the time has now clearly come for international action with regard to Sri Lanka.

 

Addressing the Council on preventing sexual violent in conflict, Swire said, “the Government of Sri Lanka has failed to ensure independent and credible investigations into alleged violations and abuses committed by both parties during the conflict in Sri Lanka.”

“A year ago, this Council asked the High Commissioner to report on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. That report, received by members of this Council in recent days, is unambiguous. The majority of recommendations from successive Human Rights Council resolutions remain unimplemented, nor has the Sri Lankan Government accepted offers of technical assistance from the UN,” he added.

“Therefore,” the Foreign Office Minister said, “the time has now clearly come for international action with regard to Sri Lanka. This Council has a duty to act on the findings of the report we collectively commissioned and to establish the truth. If we fail to do so, where does that leave us? I hope the Human Rights Council can unite to support the call for an independent investigation into alleged human rights violations and abuses on both sides. This will help pave the way for lasting reconciliation.”

He also expressed his views on North Korea, Syria and Ukraine.

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