OHCHR / SRI LANKA

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22-Jul-2022 00:01:57
On Sri Lanka, UN Human rights spokesperson Jeremy Laurence said, “the use of force against peaceful protesters runs contrary to international law, and we urge authorities to immediately halt the use of such force.” OHCHR

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STORY: OHCHR / SRI LANKA
TRT: 01:57
SOURCE: OHCHR
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DATELINE: 22 JULY 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND


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1. Wide shot, Palais Wilson
2. Med shot, Palais Wilson
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) Spokesperson:
“In the early hours of Friday morning, some 2,000 Sri Lanka police and military personnel stormed a protest camp near the presidential offices in Colombo. As most of the protesters were sleeping, the military employed unnecessary use of force to break up the camp. The camp had been due to be dismantled only a few hours later. We have received reports that protesters, journalists, and lawyers were beaten, and at least 48 people were injured.
4. Wide shot, Palais Wilson
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) Spokesperson:
“The use of force against peaceful protesters runs contrary to international law, and we urge authorities to immediately halt the use of such force. All Sri Lankans have the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs. We have concerns that this crackdown sends a chilling message to peaceful protesters, including elsewhere in the country.”
6. Wide shot, Palais Wilson
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) Spokesperson:
“Sri Lanka’s economic and political crises cannot be resolved by force. Only through broad consultations and dialogue, can Sri Lanka can start rebuilding trust and the support of the international community. We hope the new President and his government will address impunity to bring genuine structural and institutional reforms for the benefit of all Sri Lankans.”


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On Sri Lanka, UN Human rights spokesperson Jeremy Laurence said, “the use of force against peaceful protesters runs contrary to international law, and we urge authorities to immediately halt the use of such force.”

Speaking in Geneva today (22 Jul), Laurence said, “in the early hours of Friday morning, some 2,000 Sri Lanka police and military personnel stormed a protest camp near the presidential offices in Colombo. As most of the protesters were sleeping, the military employed unnecessary use of force to break up the camp. The camp had been due to be dismantled only a few hours later. We have received reports that protesters, journalists, and lawyers were beaten, and at least 48 people were injured.”


He added, “all Sri Lankans have the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs. We have concerns that this crackdown sends a chilling message to peaceful protesters, including elsewhere in the country.”

The Spokesperson continued, “Sri Lanka’s economic and political crises cannot be resolved by force. Only through broad consultations and dialogue, can Sri Lanka can start rebuilding trust and the support of the international community. We hope the new President and his government will address impunity to bring genuine structural and institutional reforms for the benefit of all Sri Lankans.”
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