Visitors to Sri Lanka should feel safe: UK


UK-John-RankinUK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin said visitors to Sri Lanka should uphold rule of law to make the island safe for visitors, following delays in bringing killers of a British tourist to justice.

Khuraim Shaikh, a Red Cross worker who was holidaying in Sri Lanka’s coastal resort of Tangalle was shot and stabbed to death and his colleague brutally assaulted in an incident on Christmas day 2011, in which a ruling party regional politician was among the suspects.His brother Nasir Shaikh, accompanied by his member for parliament Simon Danczuk, visited Sri Lanka last week calling for the killers to be brought to trial saying his killers were still free and there was no sign of a trial.”It is very important that visitors to Sri Lanka should feel safe,” Rankin said in the latest in a series of videos posted on where he regularly answers questions from the public, saying the High Commission shared the concern of the victim’s brother and MP.

“It is very important that rule of law in Sri Lanka or any other country should be seen to prevail.”

Britain relaxed a travel advisory to Sri Lanka after the end of a 30-year war.

After the war a British travel advisory has mentioned rising nationalism and nationalist political rhetoric targeting Westerners.Britain is the largest source of Western European tourists to Sri Lanka. Arrivals rose 7.7 percent to 114,218 in 2012 from a year earlier. British visitors also include family members of Sri Lankans who have migrated there. (LBO)