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Govt 'too timid' on Sri Lanka

The Government was too "timid" in its approach to allowing a prestigious Commonwealth summit to take place in Sri Lanka next month despite concerns over human rights in the country, MPs have said.

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Government 'pursued progress' over Sri Lanka

A Foreign Office spokesman dismissed the concerns over Sri Lanka and insisted that it had "constantly pursued progress" on the country's rights record.

We share the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's (FAC) wish to see substantial and sustainable improvements in human rights in Sri Lanka.

However, we do not agree with the FAC's assessment of the FCO as 'timid and inconsistent' on this issue.

The FCO has consistently pursued progress in Sri Lanka on human rights through high-level bilateral lobbying, support for local and international non-governmental organisations on the ground and internationally through the EU and Human Rights Council.

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