The Sunday Leader

Sri Lanka remains a ‘Human Rights Priority Country’ for the UK

Sri Lanka remains a priority country in the United Kingdom’s Annual Human Rights Report 2017. Sri Lanka is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance.

The report acknowledges that there has been limited progress in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.  Particular concerns highlighted include attacks on minority communities and the slow delivery of key human rights and reconciliation commitments.

The UK remains concerned by the lack of progress on introducing legislation that protects women and LGBT people from discrimination.

The UK works with the government of Sri Lanka to support reconciliation and human rights. This continued engagement aims to strengthen democracy and the rule of law through support for police reform, demining, inter-faith dialogue and mediation and the UN’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan.

The Report underlines the UK’s desire to work positively with countries to help them improve their human rights performance.

The 30 HRPCs are: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

The FCO began publishing the Annual Human Rights Report in 1998 and it is now also published online. (Colombo Gazette)

1 Comment for “Sri Lanka remains a ‘Human Rights Priority Country’ for the UK”

  1. Buddhdasa

    In the disguise of helping Sri Lanka, UK are looking for ways that can harm Sri Lanka. They have done it for centuries and have not stopped it. Don’t belieive a word they say that they would like to help Sri Lanka. The plan is to de-stable small countries and split them,so that Sri lanka has no power to stand on its own.

    Look what happens with Russia . UK wants to harm Russia as well and comes up with all sort of accusations, but President Trump has sussed it out!

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