While Sri Lanka continues to be named within the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Human Rights Report, as one of the 30 'Human Rights Priority Countries', the report released today commended the improvements that took place in Sri Lankas overall status in 2015.
While commending the improvements, the Report also noted that some concerns still remain in Sri Lanka, where the UK has concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance.
The Report recognizes the positive steps taken by Sri Lanka during 2015 to improve freedom of expression and freedom of movement, reduce inter-community tensions, and restore the independence of institutions such as the Human Rights Commission.
The Report also commends the government's willingness to engage with the international community and the co-sponsoring of a UN Human Rights Council resolution in October committing to reconciliation, accountability and the protection of human rights.
While appreciating the government's willingness to address these issues, the report also notes that positive changes are less apparent in the north and east.
Human rights defenders continued to report harassment and surveillance in 2015 and incidents of torture, and sexual and gender-based violence.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged 6.6 million pounds over the next three years to continue support of reconciliation and human rights.
Work with the government of Sri Lanka will aim to continue strengthening democracy and the rule of law, sharing UK experience and expertise.