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UK Hopes Lanka Signs Declaration

2014 Jun 17

By Easwaran Rutnam

While Britain hosted a summit to end sexual violence in conflict, the British Government said it hopes Sri Lanka will sign the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

“The Declaration has now been endorsed by over three quarters of the world’s countries. We would welcome it if Sri Lanka was to join them,” a British High Commission spokesperson told The Sunday Leader.

Meanwhile speaking at an event at the British High Commission in Colombo to mark the summit against sexual violence in conflict, the British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said that Britain is convinced that rape and sexual violence are not inevitable but a deliberate tactic of war that can be deterred, prevented and punished.

He said that no country can say it believes in human rights and choose to turn a blind eye to the issue.

“This is not just a moral responsibility but also a vital foreign policy issue, fuelling instability and conflict. Ending it is a national security imperative,” he said.

Rankin said that UK will ask countries to bring their laws on rape and sexual violence into line with international standards.

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