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* France closely monitoring human rights situation in Sri Lanka
Fri, Mar 21, 2014, 08:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 21, Colombo: The government of France expressed concern about the recent arrests of several human rights defenders in Sri Lanka and added that it was closely monitoring the human rights situation in the country.

The Embassy of France in Colombo today released a statement made by the Spokesperson of the French Foreign Ministry on March 19 expressing France's concerns.

"France is concerned about the recent arrest in Sri Lanka of several human rights defenders who are recognized and respected for their actions in this area," the statement said calling on the authorities of Sri Lanka to fully guarantee respect for the rule of law.

France said it is closely monitoring the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and currently supports the drafting of a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council, in order to remind the authorities of Sri Lanka of the need to implement measures to ensure national reconciliation, which requires respect for human rights under all circumstances and actions to combat impunity.

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