US alarmed by peaceful protestors’ detention

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The United States says it is concerned about reports that hundreds of Sri Lankan family members of the disappeared were blocked in Vavuniya by the Sri Lankan authorities while traveling to Colombo.

Issuing a statement the US embassy in Colombo said that “these family members are calling for information about their missing loved ones.  The Embassy calls upon Sri Lankan authorities to allow free movement of these citizens.  The right to freely express opinions is universal and protected under Sri Lankan and international law.”

The embassy also stated :

The United States is constructively working with international partners to support these basic freedoms through the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution in Geneva.  We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to follow through on its own commitments to its people by implementing recommendations made in their Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report.  The LLRC recommends thorough investigations into disappearances as well an establishment of a mechanism to address cases of the missing and detained.  Since last year’s UNHRC resolution the United States has grown increasingly concerned by the lack of progress on these issues, as well as backsliding on other important areas of fundamental democratic rights.  All Sri Lankans should enjoy the same rights and live in dignity, sharing a democratic, secure, and prosperous future.”
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  • mack Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    so what are u planning to do? via DM Android App

    senevi Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:21 AM

    All the occupy movements in US ave been thrown out and blocked/.

    RAJU Wednesday, 06 March 2013 04:54 PM

    VICTIMS NEED ACTION NOT IN WORDS. WE HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE ON SRILANKA THAT THEY NEVER OBEY ANY INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTION. WASTE OF TIME. WE NEED A CONCRETE SOLUTION IN ACTION.

    Herath Wednesday, 06 March 2013 05:12 PM

    Coming colours not good' (ena paata honde ne)

    bing kunda Wednesday, 06 March 2013 05:25 PM

    First we were against a commission by the UN. Instead we appointed our very own to look into this matter - LLRC. Now we back track on implementing the solutions suggested by our very own committee. What credibility does our govt have to go and defend it's actions? Aththatama apey aya kohomada redi andagena geneva yanne?

    kanchi Wednesday, 06 March 2013 05:33 PM

    US embassy anxiously waited to welcome the protestors grouped at Vavuniya by their local agents.

    Nodrog Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:15 AM

    These are the games the US plays to interfere in other nations internal affairs.

    sashi Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:19 AM

    Suppression at the highest level

    Ishan Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:41 AM

    USA, Arn't you not alarmed by attacks on Sinhalese in Chennai?

    amman Wednesday, 06 March 2013 05:52 PM

    there is a motive behind the block , in this high time of UNHCR meeting , this demo will fuel further on MR family

    Appuhami Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:23 AM

    Have been heard since Prab was killed. Nothing would happen.

    Burul Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:58 AM

    Typical bullshit from the US.


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