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UN Told No Freedom Of Assembly In Lanka

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been told in a statement submitted by an NGO that no freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka.

In a written statement submitted to the 23rd session of the UNHRC, the International Movement against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) notes several incidents reported in almost all parts of the country this year violating the freedom of assembly.

In Colombo, the NGO says in January, goons with poles, allegedly sent by the State, attacked peaceful protestors in the presence of the police.

Following these peaceful protests many lawyers and civil society activists, who participated, have been threatened and they are in fear for their safety.

The statement also recalled that on April 12, 2013, a peaceful candle lit vigil organised by the Facebook group ‘Buddhists Questioning Bodu Bala Sena (BQBBS)’, outside the BBS Headquarters in Colombo was dispersed by the Police. Participants were threatened and five were arrested before being released due to pressure from others.

“The situation is worst in the Northern Province. Incidents of suppression – including those of mass protests by political parties, student groups, trade unions and civil society – have also been recorded from the capital, Colombo, Southern and Central parts of the island. Police have dispersed protests – sometimes violently and they even looked on when violent mobs threatened to attack protestors; people have been stopped from attending gatherings; court orders were sought, and often obtained, to prevent rallies and marches from taking place; police permission is sometimes outright refused. Many assemblies which are deemed anti-Government are subjected to surveillance by the state’s intelligence services,” the NGO said. (ER)

5 Comments for “UN Told No Freedom Of Assembly In Lanka”

  1. gamarala

    The UN Human Rights Council has been told a Pack of Lies by our ambassader.
    More NGOs should reveal the truth.

  2. Nirosha

    How they told about that?I told them to come and see the freedom of our country.

  3. pinky

    yes I always wonder, if its a peaceful protest, citizens of this country cannot do it

  4. pinky

    freedom from bomb blasts only.

    • suren soysa

      Is it not the BOMB menace, the greatest freedom we enjoy after 32 years of Tamil terror? Do you need freedom to pelt stones,set fire to property & hinder public movement & freedom? Did not Lal-Kanth have his way recently? Does our protestors know the basics of protesting? Even the Lawyers & the dons did it all wrong. Freedom at any cost is terrorism. We should have Leader who can put his foot down & stop all this nonsense & kick these NGO’s out. In that sense RW & Ponseka are no match for MR.

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