The UK’s ruling Conservative Party has also mentioned Sri Lanka in its election manifesto ahead of the 13 December General election.
Last week the election manifesto of the opposition Labour Party featured Sri Lanka and the steps a future Labour Government will take to address the human rights issue.
UK Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson yesterday (Sunday) released the Conservative Party manifesto.
The manifesto notes that a Conservative Government will continue to support international initiatives to achieve reconciliation, stability and justice across the world, and in current or former conflict zones such as Cyprus, Sri Lanka and the Middle East, where the UK maintains its support for a two-state solution.
“From helping to end the slave trade to tackling modern slavery, the UK has long been a beacon of freedom and human rights – and will continue to be so. We are proud of our peace-building and humanitarian efforts around the world, particularly in war-torn or divided societies, and of our record in helping to reduce global poverty,” the manifesto said.
Both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party are seeking the support of the large Tamil diaspora in the UK at the election.
Last week the Labour Party said in its manifesto that a Labour Government will work through the UN and the Commonwealth to insist on the protection of human rights for Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil and Muslim populations. (Colombo Gazette)