Press release

UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka: PM statement 2 October 2015

David Cameron welcomed the UN Human Rights Council's resolution 'Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka'.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

Today’s resolution is a crucial step towards uncovering the truth about alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, ensuring accountability for the past and respect for human rights now and in the future.

Britain is committed to standing up for those affected by Sri Lanka’s civil war, and has been instrumental in the United Nations (UN) investigation and adoption of this resolution. I welcome the Sri Lankan government’s commitment to ensuring those responsible are held to account and I encourage them to continue to work with the UN.

When I visited Sri Lanka I was struck by the huge potential of the country and I urge President Sirisena to develop the work he has already started – to build a peaceful, prosperous and united country where every community has a voice.