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Sri Lanka: Human Rights

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that members of the armed forces in Sri Lanka have been involved in serious human rights abuses in recent weeks; and if he will make a statement. (275313)

We are very concerned at the reports of human rights abuses linked to both sides of the conflict in Sri Lanka. It is very difficult to confirm these worrying reports, given the lack of access for independent monitors and the media. We take every opportunity to raise our concerns with the Sri Lankan Government and we have consistently called for full access by independent monitors. We have also called for an early investigation as to whether crimes have been committed against civilians.