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UK minister reiterates March deadline for Sri Lanka

Britain’s Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire once again reiterated that unless allegations of war crimes have “credible, transparent and independent investigations” taking place by March, then Britain will push for an international investigation to begin.

Responding to a question on the progress of establishing an independent investigation, Swire went on to state that,

“We are regularly discussing Sri Lanka with a range of international partners in the run-up to the next session of the Human Rights Council in March”.

Swire also said that,

“we will continue to press the Sri Lankan Government for credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes”.

“We have made clear that if a credible domestic process has not begun properly by March we will use our seat on the UN Human Rights Council to call for an international investigation... The High Commissioner for Human Rights' report ahead of the Human Rights Council will give an assessment of Sri Lanka's progress.”

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