Audio: Stopping Vavuniya protestors shows HR situation in SL: US

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US Embassy Political Officer Jacob Chriqui said yesterday that the protestors from Vavuniya being prevented from coming to Colombo on Monday clearly showed the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

“That is clearly a concern because the freedom to clearly express one’s opinion is universal. It is protected under Sri Lankan and International Law. And we hope this right will be protected. It is only one incident and it is one example of the larger concern. We must make sure that everyone in Sri Lanka enjoy the same rights and have the same opportunities for living in dignity,” he added.

He expressed these views when he met some civil society members and TNA parliamentarians in Vavuniya. (Romesh Madushanka)








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  • Herath Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:36 AM

    daydreamer

    RemUk Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:36 AM

    typical no drog comment

    ModaRishi Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:37 AM

    what u expect in a pariah state

    Renuka Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:46 AM

    Hey, who is this young guy? You also think this is one of your States. Poor fellow.

    Russell J. Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:48 AM

    Jacob...mind your business..it is a Internal security matter..
    what about violations of Human rights in Afghan,Libya,Iraq,Palestine and Syria..and many more countries invaded by USA..

    Ananda S Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:48 AM

    Hey Mr. Jacob...I am a Sri Lankan living in CA, USA and don't think that we don't know what US Police is doing here and there. Don't you know that LA Police sprayed pepper cans straight into UCLA or UCSD students eyes once and we remember Rodey King incidents....these are huge HR violations too. Any country has right to protect its own people from thugs to avoid more troubles.

    Banana Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:54 AM

    We all saw how the US dispersed anti wall street demonstrators in New York...... hee heee heeee...

    Don Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:55 AM

    This spokesman from US embassy is a kid and not qualified to issue statements on SL.When did he get of his diapers.About 5 years ago when people were getting bombed and killed when the economic development of SL was at the lowest level, were u even born then?

    malinda Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:05 AM

    who gave power to talk about human right issues in Sri Lanka to this teenage looking guy ? he is just doing a clerical job in US embassy. If SL government continues to let this happen , for sure American housewives, drug dealers, prostitutes will issue statements about HR situation in Sri Lanka within next few months.

    Achcharu Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:24 AM

    When the Wall street and G8 protesters were being dispersed... maybe this guy was not born then..

    Karunka Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:26 AM

    You first let Al Qaida to hold protest at Washington DC.

    S. Kumarihami Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:27 AM

    Renuka, patriotism means love for your motherland not its regime. This regime is disgrace for all its people.

    -Kumari Paranawithana

    Suq Madique Saturday, 09 March 2013 11:22 AM

    Thomas, its also a way of life for the US...ask anyone at Guantanamo.

    munawwar Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Kumari P, Encore! via DM Android App

    Rubert Vanderkoon Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:01 AM

    Uncle Sam must get his act together. Close Guantanamo bay where some innocents are being incarcerated under woeful conditions. They must stop bombing innocent Afghans, Palestinians and Syrians and stop state sponsored violence elsewhere. Uncle Sam had better read Malaka's letter on DM, sort out the ridgepole in your eye.It's cheaper to learn from others.

    baba Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:10 AM

    Another Mr. Been is merging. Yeppi! !

    Thomas Saturday, 09 March 2013 06:20 AM

    HR violations are a way of life in Sri Lanka, & who can change it? Only by uncle Sam

    mack Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    world know China's colony does not like protesting via DM Android App

    Limbo Saturday, 09 March 2013 06:52 AM

    You have no right to comment on internal affairs of the country. Didn't you guys use force against the Tea Party gathering to disperse them? We know Sri Lanka is a big offender of rights, but we don't accept your opinion as you have a sinister agenda.

    RamUk Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:01 AM

    good they not come to city and make a big traffic jam with the buses

    subha perera Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:01 AM

    He is a stooge of USAID/CIA Ltd.

    Selva Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:24 AM

    Well said, at last

    edward Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:26 AM

    Give the real freedom of sri lanka


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