Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 02:45
08 January 2013 - "We expect the Sri Lankan Government to demonstrate that they uphold the values of the Commonwealth", UK Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Hon. Alistair Burt today told the British Parliament. "A decision on the location of CHOGM is not for the UK; it is for the Commonwealth. The meeting will discuss many issues, not just Sri Lanka, but as Sri Lanka well knows it will inevitably shine a spotlight on the host country, demonstrating either its progress or lack of it. It is up to Sri Lanka to choose what will be seen"
Hon. Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP for (Mitcham and Morden) opened the debate in the House of Commons. Members of Parliament in the debate urged the British Government to get a bit tougher with the Sri Lankan Government. "It would be wrong for Britain to attend the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka unless there is a dramatic change in the situation on the ground. We have a responsibility to ensure that the international community’s failures in Sri Lanka are addressed. Accountability and reconciliation must take place", they emphasised.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/21/2012 - 01:05
London, 20 April 2012 - "Three months ago a dossier about war crimes committed by the defence attaché at Sri Lanka’s high commission in London, Major General Prasanna De Silva, was sent to the Foreign Office. However, the Foreign Secretary has reportedly refused to strip him of diplomatic immunity so that he can be questioned about these terrible accusations. I hope we can have a debate about the case and about the abuse of diplomatic immunity, because if the attaché is allowed to leave without being questioned, that will undermine Britain’s proud reputation for not tolerating war criminals. If we are soft on Sri Lanka, other shady regimes will surely also begin to regard us as a refuge for people who commit atrocities”, the Labour Member of Parliament, Hon. Siobhain McDonagh said on thursday in the British parliament.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/17/2011 - 02:02
16 June 2011 - British Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh today told the Parliament the British Government is complicit in the torture of Tamil civilians as it continues to deport many people seeking asylum in the UK. The British Parliament needs to say whether we want our country to continue with these deportations and to continue to have Tamil blood on our hands, she said.