HRCSL, Chamber condemn attacks

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce condemned pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa attacks on peaceful protests on 9 May.

According to the HRCSL, the failure of the Police to prepare for this eventuality and to prevent and control the violence and destruction is a gross failure of public order.

“An investigation into this matter must be launched immediately.” The failure of Police to intervene to prevent the clash is condemned,” the HRCSL stated.

The Ceylon Chamber on the other hand demanded immediate action to protect fundamental rights of citizens. They said it is alarmed by the violent attacks on protesters outside Temple Trees and at Galle Face and calls upon the Government and the Armed Forces to take immediate action to prevent peaceful demonstrators being attacked. An impartial investigation should be carried out to identify those responsible and hold them accountable. “Failure to take immediate action to protect the fundamental rights of citizens will result in grave repercussions on the maintenance of law and order and disrupt the ongoing initiatives to resolve the serious economic and political crises faced by the country.”

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan