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.”
Sri Lanka has requested assistance from the World Bank for the next four years, reports the Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence.
A delegation of 12 officials from the World Bank is currently in Sri Lanka for the first time in 34 years to review progress of existing projects and review its credit facilities to Sri Lanka.
President Maithripala Sirisena met with the World Bank delegation at his residence on Tuesday,
The UK government recognises that much remains to be done in Sri Lanka and said it will continue to supporting and encouraging Sri Lanka to deliver "fully their commitments", according to FCO secretary Hugo Swire.
The Scottish police force is intending to renew its controversial training contract with its Sri Lankan counterparts despite ongoing allegations of the security forces widespread use of torture, The Ferret reported.