What evidence does UK government need to sanction Sri Lankan Chief of Defence staff Shavendra Silva, who is credibility accused of involvement in mass atrocity crimes including extrajudicial executions and disappearances? Siobhain McDonagh MP raised this question in the UK parliament.
What more evidence foreign secretary needs to sanction against Silva, to follow the United States government in those sanctions for war crimes, she further asked.
We regularly engage with the US and other partners on issues relating to Sri Lanka, Amanda Milling, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), said in her reply to McDonagh.
The UK government keeps all evidence and potential designations under the UK Global Human Rights sanctions regime under close review, guided by the objectives of the sanctions regime. We would not normally speculate about future sanctions targets, as to do so could reduce their impact, she further added.
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