(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The British Government had not withdrawn any funding to Sri Lanka due to human rights concerns between 2016 and 2019. This has been mentioned by State Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field.
In response to a question by Shadow Foreign SecretaryEmily Thornberry, the State Minister said they were committed to supporting the rebuilding of Sri Lanka following its long civil conflict.
He said all funding provided to Sri Lanka through the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund is designed to support reconciliation, the rule of law and improved human rights, and that they are committed to supporting the rebuilding of the country following its long civil conflict.
He referred to the announcement of an additional £1m funding through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund to support the resettlement of families displaced by war in the north and east of Sri Lanka in August.
He said that in total, the United Kingdom is providing Sri Lanka with £7.9 million of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund funding over three years (2016-2019), including support for police reform, reconciliation and peacebuilding, and de-mining in the north of the country.