Replying to a question in the British Parliament on 12 March 2014, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Mr Hugo Swire said “We are now working to achieve a UN Human Rights Council resolution which calls for an international investigation, in addition to addressing ongoing human rights concerns in Sri Lanka.”
Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 18 November 2013, Official Report, columns 959-61, on Commonwealth meeting and the Philippines, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Sri Lanka since the Prime Minister’s call for an independent into alleged war crimes in that country.
Mr Swire: The Government regularly discusses the situation in Sri Lanka at ministerial and official level with both the Sri Lankan Government and with other foreign Governments. We have had a number of meetings with the Sri Lankan Government since November 2013, including a meeting between the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris in December 2013. In addition, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to London was invited and attended the gathering of Commonwealth High Commissioners that I hosted at Lancaster House on 24 February 2014.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has now called for an international investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law on both sides during the civil war. We agree that, given the lack of a credible domestic accountability process to date, an independent international investigation is now needed. I set this out in my speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 3 March. We are now working to achieve a UN Human Rights Council resolution which calls for an international investigation, in addition to addressing ongoing human rights concerns in Sri Lanka.