HRCSL summons President’s Secretary, IGP

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has summoned Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath and IGP Chandana Wickremaratne to the HRCSL today (9) to question the legitimacy of declaring a countrywide State of Emergency since 7 May in response to the ongoing anti-government protests.

HRCSL Chairperson Rohini Marasinghe said yesterday (8) that the Commission was deeply concerned about the promulgation of Emergency.

“We urge 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 operation,” Marasinghe added.

She said the freedom of speech and assembly,the rights associated with arrest and detention should not be affected with the State of Emergency. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed the HCRSL in late October in last year.

The HCRSL comprises retired Supreme Court Justice Rohini Marasinghe, Ven. Kalupahana Piyarathana Thera, Dr. Nimal Karunasiri, Dr. Vijitha Nanayakkara and Anusuya  Shanmuganathan. (ST)