Defence Secretary, IGP to visit HRCSL regarding state of emergency

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has voiced their deep concern regarding the state of emergency declared since midnight yesterday (06).

The Commission urged the government to explain to the public the reasons for this proclamation, since protests have been largely peaceful and within the ambit of normal police operations.

“We hope that freedom of speech and assembly, the rights associated with arrest and detention as well as other fundamental rights and freedoms will not be affected or derogated from during the period of the emergency,” the HRCSL said in a statement.

In this regard, the Secretary to the President, Defence Secretary and Inspector General of Police have been asked to visit the HRCSL on Monday (09).