‘No threat to free speech, democracy in SL’
By Thameenah Razeek
The Government emphasised there was no threat to free expression in the country and that it had always protected freedom of speech and democracy. Co-cabinet Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said this in response to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s statement on Sri Lanka on Monday (13), adding that the Government will provide Bachelet with a comprehensive response through the Foreign Ministry.
Bachelet expressed a number of concerns about Sri Lanka, including the current State of Emergency, in an oral update at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The UN High Commissioner expressed concern about the release of former MP Duminda Silva, the decision to drop charges against former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, and the continued detention of lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah.