Written by Bella Dalima
22 Mar, 2014 | 7:30 pm
UK Prime Minister David Cameron says that he has secured the full backing of the European Union for a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.
Cameron made this statement at a press conference held at the European Council on Friday.
Meanwhile, the US State Department says that it has received reports that additional human rights groups in Sri Lanka are being targeted for investigations by security forces.
In a statement published on the Sate Department’s official website, spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the US is especially concerned by the detention of well-known human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan after they made inquiries regarding the arrest of another activist.
She adds: “It is disturbing that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken punitive measures against its own brave citizens who have devoted their careers and lives to investigating alleged human rights abuses by both sides during Sri Lanka’s long and brutal civil conflict.”
As such, the statement reads that the US together with international partners, continues to pursue a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, due to the US’s support for the Sri Lankan people and strong concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
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