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The core group on Sri Lanka - Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Malawi, Montenegro and the UK, expressed concerns over what it called the ongoing use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the recent intention to introduce a rehabilitation process lacking adequate judicial oversight.

In a statement on behalf of the group, the UK said the UNHRC resolution 46/1 called upon the Sri Lankan Government to address the harmful legacies of war and to protect human rights, including for those from religious minorities. We regret the lack of progress on these issues, with a number of further concerning developments.

“The Sri Lankan Government has attempted to dismiss a number of emblematic cases and to initiate criminal proceedings against individuals pursuing some of these cases. This counters the Council’s call for prompt, thorough and impartial investigations. We call for former CID director Shani Abeysekera’s safety to be ensured.

"We are deeply concerned about the ongoing use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the recent intention to introduce a rehabilitation process lacking adequate judicial oversight. Human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah, and poet and teacher Ahnaf Jazeem, remain detained without trial and further arrests under this Act have continued, including among minority communities and the political opposition.

We remain concerned about the restrictions on memorialization . We join the Bar Association of Sri Lanka in requesting independent and impartial investigations into recent deaths in police custody. We are also concerned over appointments to the Office on Missing Persons and reiterate the importance of ensuring independent and credible institutions to achieve justice.

We encourage Sri Lanka to cooperate with the Council and OHCHR in relation to resolution 46/1 and stand ready to support this,” the statement said.
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  • Dolly Tuesday, 22 June 2021 07:03 PM

    Please keep the pressure on our criminal government. Only pressure from democratic civilised countries can change our bandit state. Maybe the G7 countries can join the UNHRC too.

    Soverign State Tuesday, 22 June 2021 07:09 PM

    Sri Lanka will just ignore these and carry on regardless.

    Worried Professor Tuesday, 22 June 2021 07:39 PM

    US, EU and now UNHRC, amidst the pandemic and grave and perilous economic state. Caught up in racist jingoism and the Chinese web, moving ever close to the edge! Pity, the man in the street is totally unaware of the doom that is descending. Unfortunately, he did vote along with the majority for this dictatorship.

    Gaff Tuesday, 22 June 2021 07:44 PM

    For most of this inhuman acts boosted by wimale and Gammanpila They wanted to be the Desapperemi and Very soon they will be nowhere

    MCC for Yankees Tuesday, 22 June 2021 08:56 PM

    Shall we sign your MCC Mr yankee?

    Joshua Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:39 AM

    We are happy that these pressures are building against this rogue government

    S. Shanmuganathan Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:07 PM

    Checks and balances are vital. Independence of Judiciary, Police and Election process critical.


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