British envoy raises concern over “high profile” cases with Sri Lanka foreign minister



British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton has raised concerns over certain high profile cases cited in the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when she met Sri Lanka’s foreign minister G L Pieris, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The discussion had focused on several key areas impacting future bilateral relations between the two countries including the recent initiatives to foster and develop domestic reconciliation measures taken by the Sri Lankan government.

“These included the work of the institutions dealing with national unity and reconciliation, missing persons, accountability and reparations,” the foreign ministry said.

“High Commissioner Hulton also raised concerns relating to certain high profile Sri Lankan cases that are of current interest and focus.”

The foreign ministry did not elaborate on the high profile cases, but said some of the issues were adverted to in the context of Sri Lanka’s ongoing engagement with the UN Human Rights Council.

At the UNHRC meeting in Geneva two weeks back, Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet raised concerns over developments in judicial proceedings in a number of emblematic human rights cases.