Press Esc to close
Monday 27 March 2017
News updated at 1:45 AM IST

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
MDMK chief Vaiko interacts with Tamilnadu farmers during a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi...

MDMK chief Vaiko interacts with Tamilnadu farmers during a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi...

Administrative officers and people together take the oath for National Mission...

Administrative officers and people together take the oath for National Mission...

Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt visits a dance academy in Mumbai on Saturday...

Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt visits a dance academy in Mumbai on Saturday...

Folk artists perform at a cultural event in Chikmagalur on Saturday...

Folk artists perform at a cultural event in Chikmagalur on Saturday...

The three woman Rotarians Meenakshi Aravinth, Mookambika Rathinam and Priya Rajpal...

The three woman Rotarians Meenakshi Aravinth, Mookambika Rathinam and Priya Rajpal...

Spirited Indian cricket fans waving the tricolour during the second day of last Test match...

Spirited Indian cricket fans waving the tricolour during the second day of last Test match...

Industrialist S K Birla honours Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Narayana Murthy...

Industrialist S K Birla honours Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Narayana Murthy...

Austria's Stefan Kraft, the overall winner, kisses the trophy at the World Cup Ski Jumping final...

Austria's Stefan Kraft, the overall winner, kisses the trophy at the World Cup Ski Jumping final...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an event organised at the residence of Union I & B Minister..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an event organised at the residence of Union I & B Minister..

People look at floral tributes in Parliament Square, London, Sunday, March 26, 2017, laid out...

People look at floral tributes in Parliament Square, London, Sunday, March 26, 2017, laid out...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523