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Sri Lanka: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 185501, tabled on 30 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the protection of human rights in Sri Lanka.

Answered on

6 November 2018

​I made statements on 26 and 29 October setting out our concerns at political developments in Sri Lanka and calling for due political process to be upheld. The FCO condems any reported intimidation of journalists and TV stations.

The UK is committed to supporting human rights and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans. While we welcome some recent progress against its UN Human Rights Council commitments, more remains to be done. I visited Colombo in early October, where I urged the government to make more progress, including towards the establishment of transitional justice and accountability mechanisms; constitutional reform; and the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). I also met the leader of the Tamil National Alliance, as well as human rights and civil society activists. In August we announced £1m of extra UK funding to support resettlement of war-displaced families in the north and east of the country.