Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

British Foreign Sec sets out Sri Lanka resolution as priority on UNHRC opening day

The UK government will present a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), to maintain focus on reconciliation and accountability, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said today.

In his statement to the Council on its opening session, Raab said that the UK government would continue to lead action at the UNHRC on Syria, South Sudan, "and on Sri Lanka, where we will present a new resolution to maintain the focus on reconciliation and on accountability."

"We want to see an effective international human rights system that holds to account those who systematically violate human rights," the Foreign Secretary added, further stating "the Human Rights Council must be ready to play its role in full, or I fear we will see its reputation sorely damaged."

A draft of the resolution put forward on Sri Lanka includes calls for war crimes evidence collection, but the resolution has been criticised as weak, especially on accountability, and for failing to take on board the recommendations of the latest report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Read more: Draft UN resolution on Sri Lanka calls for war crimes evidence collection but falls short on accountability

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.