Amnesty International expresses hope in SL Govt

Amnesty International expresses hope in SL Govt

Amnesty International expresses hope in SL Govt

Written by Staff Writer

16 Feb, 2015 | 10:52 pm

Amnesty International has expressed hope that promises made by the new government in Sri Lanka to end impunity and promote the rule of law in Sri Lanka, pursue reconciliation between all communities, and rebuild Sri Lanka’s international relationships, will translate into prompt action to repair the enormous damage done to human rights and the rule of law in the country over past decades.

In a written statement to the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council which will be held from March 2 – 27, Amnesty International acknowledged in particular, the importance of Sri Lanka’s actions to restore the independence of the judiciary and other institutions essential to the protection and promotion of human rights by remedying the unconstitutional dismissal of the former Chief Justice and restoring constitutionally independent checks on executive power.

Amnesty International notes that while the new government has pledged to re-investigate high profile killings, including the January 2009 murder of newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, it should add the killing of 17 aid workers in Muttur and the killing of five students in Trincomalee in 2006 to their list of priority cases, as well as the case of the disappearances of dissident cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda in 2010, and political activists Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganandan in 2011.

Amnesty International has also reiterated its call to the Government of Sri Lanka to Cooperate fully with the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights’ inquiry on Sri Lanka including by responding positively to their outstanding requests to visit Sri Lanka and by providing them with full access.

Furthermore, the rights watchdog has also called for the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the abolition of the system of administrative detention.

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