UK notes importance of dealing with legacies of conflict in Lanka

Laura-DaviesThe British Government says dealing with the causes and legacies of conflict will enable Sri Lanka to build the stronger, more stable and more prosperous country that all its people so richly deserve.

The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies said that the development of a professional, civilian police force, guarantor of law and order, and offering protection and assistance to all communities is a central element to help build a stronger, more stable and more prosperous country.

Laura Davies said that the British High Commission has been a long-term supporter of the development of the Sri Lankan police.

“We have worked with the police and the Government, supporting their vision for a transformed police service. And we have partnered with academic and civil society organisations who share the same vision and determination. Community policing and training development have been the two central themes of our engagement. We remain very active supporting Sri Lanka’s move towards community policing, a journey which started for us with the Scottish Police College and now continues with The Asia Foundation,” she said.

For the last three years the UK, through the Scottish Police College, has supported the development of new training programmes for the Sri Lanka Police – both for new entrants to the Police College and more senior officers at the Police Academy. Courses at the Academy cover topics such as Ethical Leadership and Organisational Management. This training will help build a more professional police force. The Scottish Police College are also training the police on crime scene investigation skills and interview techniques. The UK also funds The Asia Foundation to help the police embed community policing approaches across the island.

Davies noted that with the Scottish Police College, the focus over the last three years, has been the development of police training both at the College and the Academy. The Scottish Police College’s expertise in police training is recognised worldwide.

 

“A modern, effective and efficient police force, serving the community and part of the community, has a huge role to play in Sri Lanka’s transformation to a more democratic society, strengthening the rule of law and helping build stability in a country still suffering the after effects of a long and terrible conflict. All post-conflict countries face significant challenges. Dealing with the causes and legacies of conflict will enable Sri Lanka to build the stronger, more stable and more prosperous country that all its people so richly deserve – and that the UK so sincerely wishes for it. The development of a professional, civilian police force, guarantor of law and order, and offering protection and assistance to all communities is a central element to this,” she added.

She says the British Government looks forward to continuing its close co-operation with the Ministry of Law & Order, the Inspector General of Police and civil society organisations in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. “Laura Davies said that the British High Commission has been a long-term supporter of the development of the Sri Lankan police.”

    Even in the UK they generally treat symptoms not the cause.

    Yes the colony has and is supported by British training. Bigger than a privilege like the issue of visa.

    So Ceylon started with JVP and continues the British training.

    The present governments of US/UK decided to change Libyan regime even when the Libyan police was being trained by UK. Now Lanka is like Syria after several years of US/UK bombing for a regime change.

    So what have we achieved? In her masters voice piracy.

  2. The UK better note the pain in the EU/Brussels.
    We knew pain for 30+ years because of UK/EU and the West aided and abetted.

    Its a vicious circle.
    Yesterday it was ours and today it is for the collaborators of our pains.

    UK… you watchout.

  3. “Suffering the after effects of a long and terrible conflict”

    By the way who made it happen this terrible conflict?

    You are evolving, so does the West. Therefore you have to think and proactive more than the West. Otherwise the West will continue to beat you. The enemy is play trick here. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. It is trying to get a foothold inside the legal and civil matters too deep, so it can implement its strategy. The West fooled diaspora leaders and the smart Tamils couldn’t do much. Likewise the West is preparing the ground in North and East. It is getting a strong net work in the name of development projects. Almost everybody is getting money from the NGOs. The West is doing the same in the North and East as it had done in the Western countries to Tamil refugees.The West can’t afford big investment, so it attracting average Tamils with little money. Smart Tamils are getting isolated here. This government can not sustain the hard earned peace. We have to bring back former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  4. The Srilankan police beat the living daylights out of suspects and get forced confessions and are falsely prosecuted and jailed.The poor in particular are affected the most while the politically connected can walk out of any situation like for example of the brutal murder of kurhaim Sheik the British tourist and his girl friend was gang raped.The police are a gang of criminals in uniform to uphold the jungle law.

  5. Some how this woman find a away way to piss of Sri Lankans. Who ever poke their nose should realize that effigy of Milband was burnt and thrown in to the British High commission premises not long ago. When you have a crap record in human rights you should be careful when meddling another countries affairs.

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