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UK calls for transitional justice and repeal of PTA at Human Rights Council

The United Kingdom has called for Sri Lanka to establish a transitional justice mechanism and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act. 

"In Sri Lanka, we are encouraged by further recent land returns, the Cabinet’s approval of a Bill to establish an Office of Reparations and steps taken to hold perpetrators of hate speech to account. However, much more still needs to be done," the UK mission said speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

"We urge the government to take the steps necessary to implement fully Resolution 34/1, including devolution through constitutional reform, the establishment of all the transitional justice mechanisms outlined in the Resolution, and repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. We firmly believe that with determined leadership this government can take the actions needed to support long-term reconciliation, peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans."