HRW urges President to cease unlawful use of force against protestors

HRW urges President to cease unlawful use of force against protestors

HRW urges President to cease unlawful use of force against protestors

Written by Amani Nilar

23 Jul, 2022 | 6:40 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Rights Organization Human Rights Watch says that President Ranil Wickremesinghe should immediately order the security forces to cease all unlawful use of force against protesters, release everyone arbitrarily detained, and investigate and appropriately prosecute those responsible for abuses.

South Asia director at Human Rights Watch Meenakshi Ganguly pointed out; “Just one day after taking office, President Wickremesinghe oversaw a brutal assault by security forces on peaceful protesters in the heart of Colombo. This action sends a dangerous message to the Sri Lankan people that the new government intends to act through brute force rather than the rule of law.”

She added that Sri Lanka’s international partners should send the message loud and clear that they can’t support an administration that tramples on the rights of its people.

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