Press Esc to close
Monday 02 March 2015
News updated at 3:01 AM IST
Weather
Max: 31.7°C
Min : 16.9°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

British PM to demand independent probe in Sri Lanka

London, Nov 9, 2013 (PTI):
British Prime Minister David Cameron will demand an independent investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Reuters Photo

British Prime Minister David Cameron will demand an independent investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka when he attends Commonwealth summit in Colombo next week.

Cameron has defended his decision to attend the summit which starts next Friday, saying he would use the opportunity to focus international spotlight on Lanka's lack of progress in human rights and reconciliation after the end of the civil war in 2009.

"Progress on elections, reconstruction, de-mining and resettlement of those displaced by the conflict is important- but it is frankly not enough," he wrote in the Tamil Guardian, a London-based newspaper.

"I will demand that the Sri Lankan government independently and transparently investigates alleged war crimes and allegations of continuing human rights abuses; guarantees freedom of expression; and stamps out intimidation of journalists and human rights defenders," he said.

He pledged to hold frank conversations with Sri Lankan government over the alleged intimidation of journalists and the lack of accountability for atrocities said to be committed in the final stages of the civil war against Tamil rebels.

Cameron will be the first foreign leader to visit the Tamil-dominated Northern Province, which saw the heaviest conflict during the three decade-long civil war.
The Prime Minister noted that thousands of people have yet to find out what has happened to their missing relatives.

According to the United Nations, Sri Lanka has 5,676 outstanding cases of disappearances, more than anywhere else in the world apart from Iraq.

There has been much controversy surrounding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo from November 15 to 17, with many global rights body calling for a boycott.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has boycotted the summit, citing Sri Lanka's lack of progress in human rights and reconciliation after the end of the civil war in 2009.

Sri Lanka is to take over the chair of the 54-nation bloc of former British colonies for the next two years from Australia at the summit.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Cambodian artists presenting dance-drama at the International Ramayana Mela...

Cambodian artists presenting dance-drama at the International Ramayana Mela...

Cyclist at the Rajpath as the national capital received early morning showers in New Delhi...

Cyclist at the Rajpath as the national capital received early morning showers in New Delhi...

A waterlogged street after the early morning showers in the national capital...

A waterlogged street after the early morning showers in the national capital...

A train moves through snow covered railway track as the region received heavy snowfall in Anantnag..

A train moves through snow covered railway track as the region received heavy snowfall in Anantnag..

Artists dressed up as Hindu deities Lord Krishna and Radha play Holi...

Artists dressed up as Hindu deities Lord Krishna and Radha play Holi...

People throw coloured powder as they celebrate Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon...

People throw coloured powder as they celebrate Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Syeed..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Syeed..

Sangakkara and Thirimanne celebrate beating England in their Cricket World Cup match...

Sangakkara and Thirimanne celebrate beating England in their Cricket World Cup match...

Sangakkara congratulates team mate Perera who celebrates talking the wicket of England's Morgan...

Sangakkara congratulates team mate Perera who celebrates talking the wicket of England's Morgan...

Pakistan players celebrate with wicket of Zimbabwe's Chamunorwa Chibhabha during ...

Pakistan players celebrate with wicket of Zimbabwe's Chamunorwa Chibhabha during ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523