HRCSL condemns ‘brutal & despicable’ attack on peaceful protesters

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has condemned the recent military attack on peaceful protesters in Colombo.

Issuing a statement, HRCSL deemed the attack ‘brutal and despicable’, and a ‘total violation of the fundamental rights of the people by the actions of the Executive’.

They further urged the State to identify the perpetrators and take appropriate action, so as to ensure such actions by the military or any action within the control of the State to violate the fundamental rights of the people will never occur in the future.

“In the meantime, the HRCSL will conduct its own investigation to ensure that rule of law is maintained”, the statement read.

Earlier today (22), large military presence was seen moving towards the main protest site in Galle Face, Colombo, after which several persons, including journalists, were attacked, while multiple tents at the site had also been destroyed.

A journalist attached to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is also believed to be amongst those attacked.