UK tells UNHRC it welcomes steps taken in Sri Lanka

The United Kingdom (UK) today told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) it welcomes some of the positive steps taken in the country to address the human rights issue.

Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, addressing the Council on the opening day of the 40 session, said that the UK welcomes the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to return more land to its people, and to establish an Office for Reparations.

He said the UK encourages Sri Lanka to implement in full the commitments made to the Council to secure long-term reconciliation.

The UK is to submit a Resolution on Sri Lanka during the ongoing 40th session.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon briefed the UNHRC on the concerns the UK has on the state of human rights in some countries.

“Finally, to end on a more positive note, we welcome the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to return more land to its people, and to establish an Office for Reparations and we encourage them to implement in full the commitments made to this Council to secure long-term reconciliation,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)

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