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Sri Lanka: Elections

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of allegations that candidates for the Jaffna Municipal Council elections in Sri Lanka have been subjected to intimidation; and if he will make a statement. (282823)

We are aware of reports that some candidates in the upcoming mayoral elections in Jaffna have been the subject of intimidation by paramilitary groups. We have raised our concerns with the Sri Lankan Government about the prospects of violence and intimidation in the context of local elections in the north and regularly raise the need to disarm paramilitary groups and take decisive action to prevent their activities. The Government's consistent position has been that a political process, based on respect, inclusion and rule of law is essential to address the underlying causes of the recent conflict. Ensuring all elections are transparent, fair and free from intimidation is a crucial part of this process.