UK concerned about torture in Sri Lanka

The British government is concerned about reports of torture taking place in Sri Lanka and supports action by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a British official said today.

British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, in a chat on twitter on Sri Lanka, said that there are also concerns of intimidation taking place in the country.

Burt, who was in Sri Lanka last week, visited the north and met with officials and civilians in the area and then held talks in Colombo.

“The war ended in 2009 but the route of conflict as set out by LLRC still needs to be addressed…..Still believe that although progress been made, much remains to be done. Hope SL gov will work constructively,”the British Minister said in two separate tweets.BB8HDs3CIAAWFnZ

Burt reiterated that Britain has not yet decided on its level of representation at the Commonwealth summit in Colombo in November.

However he noted that the Commonwealth had already collectively decided on Colombo as the venue for the 2013 summit.

He said Britain looks towards Sri Lanka to uphold the Commonwealth values while undertaking the reconciliation process.

The Minister also stressed that the role of the LTTE in the conflict must not be “minimized” and welcomed the government’s time based action plan to address human rights issues.

“Physical change such as roads or return from camps is genuine but not sufficient. Political settlement fundamental,” he tweeted.

Burt noted that a political settlement must be home grown and urged both the Tamil National Alliance and the government to resume discussions. (Colombo Gazette) 

Report by Easwaran Rutnam