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Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the proposed 20th amendment to the Constitution may negatively impact on the independence of key institutions, including the National Human Rights Commission.

In her global human rights update to the 45th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday, Ms. Bachelet said she was troubled that the new Government of Sri Lanka is swiftly reneging on its commitments to the Human Rights Council since it withdrew its support for resolution 30/1.

Among other developments, she said the proposed 20th amendment to the Constitution may negatively impact on the independence of key institutions, including the National Human Rights Commission.

Ms. Bachelet said the pardon given in March to a former Army sergeant convicted of participating in unlawful killings; appointments to key civilian roles of senior military officials allegedly involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity; and moves within the police and judiciary to thwart the investigation of such crimes, set a very negative trend.

“The surveillance and intimidation of victims, their families, human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers should cease immediately. I encourage the Council to give renewed attention to Sri Lanka, in view of the need to prevent threats to peace, reconciliation and sustainable development,” she said.

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  • sam silva Monday, 14 September 2020 07:39 PM

    Why don't you first start with USA and China without bullying SL.

    Liberal One Monday, 14 September 2020 07:42 PM

    Right! I'm sure she knows about the constitution of this country.

    sam silva Monday, 14 September 2020 07:43 PM

    In USA, the authority forcefully took the children from the parents and put them in cages without basis needs.

    Nick Monday, 14 September 2020 07:43 PM

    Please mind your business.We are an independent country.We know your colours well.

    Gayan Monday, 14 September 2020 07:56 PM

    No wonder many countries walk out this farse UN body.

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:41 AM

    We have to be careful in amending our Constitution. Why Cant we make ourselves a progressive society? 20A is not progressive in my opinion. UNHR is both good and bad.

    MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:52 AM

    Independent, sovereign nation doesn't mean you are not bound by the international laws. Sri Lanka is a signatory of many accords and treaties including ICC, UN agencies and ICJ and therefore, bound by the law. Many of these comments reflects how ignorant sri Lankan readers are or made to be ignorant by the politicians.

    Appuhamy Sugathadasa Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:42 PM

    Over 3 million civilians killed since invasion of Iraq in 2003, but not a word from this lady?

    Ravindra De Silva Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:47 PM

    Well said RajBandara

    chandu Tuesday, 15 September 2020 05:10 PM

    Strong leadership is the need of the hour! To Hell with Bachelet

    Justice Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:34 PM

    Mr.Appuhamy two wrongs wasn't make one right. We cannot be our own judges for our wrongs.

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 16 September 2020 10:53 AM

    Institutions that we have come to know as NGO's have over the years been constructive contributing towards community development, medicine, child protection and other projects but now the 2020 Constitution may be making they if weigh their services have all been in vain.


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