Respect freedom of assembly and expression; Colombo-based embassies urge SL

Respect freedom of assembly and expression; Colombo-based embassies urge SL

Written by Staff Writer

05 Aug, 2014 | 9:47 pm

The Embassies of France, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland has urged the government to ensure freedom of assembly and expression in Sri Lanka.

Issuing a joint statement the Colombo-based embassies strongly condemned the disruption by an organised group including monks of the get-together at the Centre for Society and Religion.

The joint statement adds that as was noted in the statement by the U.S. Embassy on Monday that the organized group made forced entry into the room where the discussions were taking place, shouting violently.

Over thirty family members of disappeared persons having travelled from the Northern Province, members of civil society and NGOs as well as members of the diplomatic community were in the premises when the disruption took place.

The joint statement adds that all those present felt that their security was under threat.

France, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland strongly urge the government to ensure and respect freedom of assembly and expression in Sri Lanka and sincerely hope that the security of those having travelled from the Northern Province to share their experience will be assured upon their return.

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