Britain calls for support at UN Human Rights Council
Tamil Guardian 16 March 2012
Following the screening of Channel 4’s latest documentary, the British Foreign Office has called on the UN Human Rights Council to pass a proposed resolution on Sri Lanka.
Commenting on the documentary, Minister for South Asia Alistair Burt said,
"Once again, Channel 4 has brought to international attention important and disturbing evidence to support allegations of grave abuses in Sri Lanka." “Since the end of the conflict, the international community has called for an independent, credible and thorough investigation into alleged war crimes on both sides of the conflict. Channel 4’s documentaries reinforce the need for that investigation."
“I continue to believe that Sri Lanka, in accordance with its Government’s public statements, can achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. But this requires a full and honest acknowledgement of the past and it requires processes, in which all parties take part, to ensure justice, reconciliation and political progress."
“That is why the UK will urge the UN Human Rights Council to pass a resolution next week which calls on Sri Lanka to take these steps and implement the recommendations of their own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.”
Parliamentarians form the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) stated no constructive measures have been taken on a range of issues affecting the Tamils of the North-East, and called for support of the 19th amendment to be reconsidered.
The International Press Institute (IPI) said the Sri Lankan government’s 100 days in power “bows out with weak results for media freedom” and called for continued international pressure to ensure reform.
The Sri Lanka campaign, in an analysis of the new president’s first 100 days in power found that 21 of the 30 benchmarks that the NGO had set to judge the new regime by, had seen no substantial progress.
The Sri Lankan High Commission in the United Kingdom demanded an apology from the leader of the UK Labour party Ed Miliband, after he sent out a message marking Tamil New Year earlier this month.