Written by Tharushan Fernando
15 Apr, 2016 | 7:43 pm
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva states that the government will express its views regarding the Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2015 on Sri Lanka, issued by the US State Department, after a thorough analysis.
The executive summary of the report lists the steps designed by the Lankan Government to enhance national unity, following years of civil war. It also lists a number of incidents it understands as ‘major human rights problems’ that took place during the year 2015.
These include harassment of civil society activists, journalists, and persons viewed as sympathisers of the banned terrorist group. It also notes severe prison overcrowding and the lack of due process.
The lists point out the neglect of the rights of internally displaced persons remained a problem.
However, the extensive report further states that through the provisions for freedom of speech and press, independent media were generally active and expressed a wide variety of views without restriction.
On the subject of corruption, the report stated that there were numerous reports of government corruption, with most cases pertaining to members of the previous Rajapaksa government for actions committed earlier.
It adds that the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption was more active than in previous years in investigating complaints and taking legal action against persons accused of corruption. The report, commenting on worker rights goes on to say that the law prohibits anti-union discrimination.
The State Minister of Finance, speaking to journalists in Kandy on Friday stated that the report by the US Department of State should be studied extensively.
State Minister of Finance, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane stated that the situation surrounding human rights in Sri Lanka has changed.
“We have not got the opportunity to thoroughly study the Human Rights Report”, said the Minister who pointed out that there is belief that a solution can be reached through discussion.
During the past the Europeans were against us and no matter what has been mentioned in the report, during the recent past, there has not been anything serious on the matter of democracy and human rights in Sri Lanka, so there is no need for fear.
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