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Miliband wants pressure on Lanka

2014 Apr 21

The leader of Britain’s Labour Party Ed Miliband says the British Government and others must bring pressure to bear on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Sri Lankans are respected.

In a message wishing the Tamils in Sri Lanka and Britain for the traditional new year, Miliband said the Labour Party has supported calls for an independent, international investigation into the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides during the country’s armed conflict.

“I commend the UN Human Rights Council’s recent resolution which paves the way for such an inquiry, and I am please that there is now cross-party consensus in Britain for such action to be taken,” he said.

Miliband said the investigation will be a significant step towards securing accountability and helping to lay the foundations for reconciliation in Sri Lanka. He also said it is vital that strong support is given to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as it undertakes this crucial work.

“However, the Labour Party remains deeply concerned by the plight faced by many Tamils in Sri Lanka, as well as with the on-going perpetration of human rights violations,” he added.

In his message Miliband also noted the many positive contributions British Tamils have made to Britain’s social, cultural, political and economic life.

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