Improving human rights in SL UK says it has made long-term commitment

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  • UK providing SL with £8.3mn of funds from 2016-19


LATE-CITY-DM-4-7By Lahiru Pothmulla 

The United Kingdom has made a long-term commitment to improving human rights in Sri  Lanka and is dedicated to supporting the rebuilding of the country after three decades of civil conflict, UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field said. 

He said this in UK Parliament on Monday when Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan questioned as to what representations the UK had made and to whom to ensure Sri Lanka abided by UNHRC Resolution 30/1. 

Minister Field said since UNHRC 30/1 was established in 2015, the UK had repeatedly pressed the importance of Sri  Lanka implementing its commitments under the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 and its follow-up Resolution 34/1. 

“During my most recent visit to Colombo in early October 2018, I again raised these commitments with Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana. I encouraged accelerated progress towards fulfilling these commitments including the return of military-held private land and the development of new counter-terrorism legislation in line with international human rights standards. The British High Commission is also in regular contact with the Sri Lankan Government and other key stakeholders on the implementation of Resolution 30/1,” he said. 

He said Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon, also spoke at the September Human Rights Council in Geneva, encouraging further implementation of Sri Lanka’s commitments in the area of devolution through constitutional reform, truth-seeking and accountability. 

“The UK is providing Sri Lanka with £8.3 million of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, funding over three years (2016-2019), including support for police reform and training, reconciliation and peace building, and de-mining in the North of the country,” he said. 



Says British HC in contact with GoSL on implementation of Resolution 30/1