UK ‘firmly committed to full implementation’ of UN resolution on Sri Lanka

Britain reiterated its commitment to the full implementation of a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on accountability for mass atrocities committed during the final phases of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, at a statement delivered in Geneva this week.

In a statement at the UN Human Rights Council’s 31st session, the United Kingdom said:

“We remain firmly committed to the full implementation of the resolution adopted in September and stand ready to help Sri Lanka”.

“We encourage the government to continue in its efforts to help bring lasting peace to Sri Lanka, including by establishing credible and consultative reconciliation and accountability mechanism and, by strengthening its engagement with your office.”

The UK statement also welcomed UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussain’s recent visit to the island.

See the full statement here.

The remarks come after Sri Lankan foreign minister expressed his government’s commitment to the UN resolution and an openness to international involvement in an accountability mechanism – comments that allegedly upset the Sri Lankan president.