UK calls on Sri Lanka to deliver on commitments made to UNHRC

The British Government has called on Sri Lanka to deliver on the commitments made to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dr. Andrew Murrison said that the UK continues to encourage and support Sri Lanka to deliver the commitments it made to the UN Human Rights Council through Resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1.

“We firmly believe that this is the best framework for establishing truth and achieving justice and lasting reconciliation. The Government has made these points regularly to Sri Lankan Ministers, including during a Ministerial visit to Colombo in October and in a number of meetings since. The British High Commissioner in Colombo also holds regular discussions on the implementation of the UNHRC resolutions with the Government of Sri Lanka,” he said in a written response to the British Parliament.

Dr. Andrew Murrison said that in March the UK welcomed the Annual Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which assessed progress made by the Sri Lankan Government in the implementation of UNHRC resolutions 30/1 and 34/1.

The Report found that the Government of Sri Lanka had taken some steps to address human rights concerns and to introduce more democratic and accountable government, including the return of some military-held civilian land, the establishment of an Office of Missing Persons and the ratification of the Convention on Enforced Disappearances.

However, Murrison said more needs to be done. He said the UK has urged further progress on these issues, and encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to deliver meaningful devolution through constitutional reform, and to establish and then utilise credible mechanisms for transitional justice.

“We continue to urge the Government to prioritise the steps required to deliver fully on the commitments it made in resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1, and to develop a comprehensive and time bound implementation strategy,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. The UK must pressure Australia to do the right thing as it pushes Sri Lanka.

    In the 21st century, among Western countries, only Australia allows its Parliament to validly enact laws that are racially discriminatory. Section 25 of the Constitution gives provision for exclusion of voters based on race. Section 51(xxvi) enables the Australian Parliament to regulate the affairs of the people of coloured or inferior races. Notably, in 1962, the Menzies government amended the Federal Electoral Act to give Indigenous people the right to vote in Federal elections. The Federal Electoral Act could be revoked or invalidated anytime because it is not consistent with sections 25 and 51 of the Constitution. It was a temporary patch-up solution and it is not a permanent Act until the people of Australia removes sections 25 and 51 from the Constitution through a referendum.

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