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No improvement in Sri Lanka's human rights situation - FCO

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in a quarterly human rights report, published today, outlined that Sri Lanka had not improved in the last 3 months despite the intensified international focus on the country’s human rights issues.

The report highlighted the on-going detention of Tamil youth and the abuse of Tamil civilians in police custody. Citing the case of the 5 Tamil students that were killed in Trincomalee in 2006, and assassination of 17 French NGO workers, the update expressed concerns over Sri Lanka’s culture of impunity.

The update comes as the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, reiterated the March deadline for "credible, transparent and independent" investigations into war crimes.

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