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UK calls on Sri Lanka to deliver on UN resolution

The United Kingdom called on the Sri Lankan government to deliver on its commitments laid out in a UN resolution, at the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

Speaking at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Britain said that it welcomed the “recent step towards operationalising the Office of Missing Persons”.

However, it added that “we continue to urge the government to deliver on Resolution 34/1”.

The statement comes after comments from the United States and NGOs calling for a credible justice mechanism in Sri Lanka. At the start of the session, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein noted frustration over the “slow pace of reforms” in Sri Lanka and said the absence of action on accountability meant exercising universal jurisdiction was “even more necessary”.