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UK feels resolution will pass

2014 Feb 12

The British Government is confident the resolution on Sri Lanka to be submitted at the UN Human Rights Council next month will be adopted. The resolution is to be submitted by the United States and Britain is a co-sponsor.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG t) represented by UK MP Lee Scott and MP Siobhain McDonagh met at the British Parliament premises and the meeting was addressed by senior representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in order to receive an update on the proposed resolution to the 25th UNHRC session in March.

A statement by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils said that since Sri Lanka has not made any progress on a credible and transparent investigation, it was confirmed that the British Government is working with international partners to set up an Independent International Investigation in the island of Sri Lanka.

The British Government feels that there is a good chance of passing this resolution with the support of the international partners. The UK is also working with NGOs and other like-minded organisations towards this aim.

It was also agreed that the substance of the resolution should have a strong mandate to implement the recommendations without any further delays, with witness protection for all the victims in order to serve justice and accountability for a long term sustainable peace in the Island.

The Tamil Community brought up post resolution actions including travel bans and asset freezes for the Sri Lankan government representatives.

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