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‘Britain must take the lead on investigating Sri Lanka war crimes’

“At first the UK government applauded the establishment of [Sri Lanka’s] LLRC, even though the deficiencies in the scope of its mandate and in its processes were evident from the outset. … The EU, unlike the UK, was quicker to see through this farce. … Fortunately the UK's position is now shifting. [However] words should translate into further action … leading to an independent international inquiry.”

“The UK is uniquely placed to take the lead on refusing to settle for the whitewash that the Sri Lankan government is putting forward, and to demand more.”

Elaine Pearson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, discusses Britain’s responsibility in accountability for Sri Lanka’s war crimes.