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UK maintains pressure on probe

2014 Mar 08

The British Government says it still wants an international investigation in Sri Lanka and will convey this message to the UN Human Rights Council at it’s ongoing session.

Some Tamil groups had expressed disappointment at the US draft resolution on Sri Lanka which was submitted to the Council in Geneva, saying it did not push for an international probe.

However British Minister of State Hugo Swire told the Colombo Gazette in a Twitter  question and answer session, that his Government backs calls for an international investigation.

“The US-led resolution is (the) basis for negotiations during (the) Human Rights Council in Geneva,” he said.

Swire said the Sri Lankan Government has not conducted a credible investigation into the human rights allegations and so an international probe was now needed.

“We feel that (the) UNHRC must address ongoing human rights concerns in SriLanka and establish an international investigation,” Swire added.

A first draft of the third and toughest US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council called for an investigation into alleged abuses by both parties to the conflict to be led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Circulated by the US, UK, Montenegro, Macedonia and Mauritius, the resolution draft requests the office of the High Commissioner to assess progress towards accountability and reconciliation, monitor relevant national processes and to investigate alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka.

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