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Resolution on Lanka at UNHRC

2013 Dec 19

The British Government says it is looking at co-sponsoring a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March next year.

The UK Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said that Britain regularly discuss Sri Lanka, including accountability, with a range of other EU, Commonwealth and international partners.

He said that in those discussions they are exploring options, including the contents of a UNHRC Resolution, ahead of the March session.

Swire recalled that the UK previously co-sponsored the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka in March 2013 which urged Sri Lanka to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

“We will coordinate closely with the members of the UNHRC to build support for an appropriate resolution on Sri Lanka,” he said.

He says Britain continues to press the Sri Lankan Government for credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes and the UK has made clear that these investigations need to have begun properly by March or Britain will use its seat on the UN Human Rights Council to call for an international investigation.

“The UK has been voted back on to the UNHRC and will play an active role in building international support ahead of the March UNHRC session, where an assessment will be made of Sri Lankan progress to date,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)

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