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FCO annual report expresses serious concern over rights situation in Sri Lanka

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), in its annual human rights round up report and individual country of concern reports published today, expressed serious concern regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

Expanding on the reason behind the FCO involvement in securing a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for an international investigation into war crimes, the report said,

"The UK sees accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights, and a political settlement as essential elements of post-conflict reconciliation."

The report notes a ‘negative trend’ in progress on human rights issues over the last year and expands on a wide range of  issues including freedom of expression and assembly, human rights defenders, access to justice and the rule of law, the death penalty, torture, conflict and protection of civilians, freedom of religion belief, women’s rights, minority rights, children’s rights and LGBT rights.

See Sri Lanka report here and an updated addendum here.

See the general annual FCO Human Rights and Democracy report here.