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British parliamentarians urge FCO to progress international justice in Sri Lanka

A cross-party group of British parliamentarians, including several former ministers, have urged the Foreign Secretary to make progress on an international justice mechanism to achieve accountability in Sri Lanka, following the pardoning of a Sri Lankan soldier convicted for the murder of 8 Tamil civilians.

In a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, 11 MPs and one member of the House of Lords said they were deeply disappointed by reports of the soldier [Sunil Ratnayake’s] release.

The parliamentarians said that the reversal of “one of the rare convictions” sent a “clear message that military personnel perpetrating horrific crimes, even if convicted through a court of law, will be pardoned and released.”

“We call on Her Majesty’s Government to express its disappointment at Sri Lanka’s action. Given that this is yet another example of Sri Lanka’s failure to deliver justice to the victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the conflict, we urge the United Kingdom to work with international partners to make progress on an international justice mechanism to achieve accountability.”

Signatories:

Lord Barwell

Bob Blackman MP

Elliot Colburn MP

Ed Davey MP

Robert Halfon MP

Siobhain McDonagh MP

Andrew Rosindell MP

Wes Streeting MP

Sam Tarry MP

Gareth Thomas MP

Stephen Timms MP

Theresa Villiers MP