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Sri Lanka must make ‘more progress’ on commitments to UN – Britain

Britain’s Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad said the Sri Lankan government must make “more progress” in implementing it’s commitments to the United Nations Human Rights Council earlier this week.

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the minister said that though 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “this is not a moment for idle nostalgia”.

“It is our opportunity to reaffirm the Declaration’s enduring relevance,” he added, stating that “We must do this now more than ever because all around the world these rights are under threat”.

Speaking on Sri Lanka, whilst Lord Ahman welcomed “Sri Lanka’s constructive engagement with the UN”, he added that "we urge them to make more progress in implementing their Council commitments”.

“We look forward to High Commissioner Zeid’s update,” he noted.

Meanwhile the minister also spoke on Syria, Mynamar, North Korea and Iran amongst other countries.

See the full text of his address here.