‘OHCHR raised concerns on present rights abuses’

2021-02-23 at 14:06

The Opposition claims the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights through her latest report has raised concerns pertaining to present human rights concerns in Sri Lanka and not of incidents that occurred in the past.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Parliamentarian Imtiaz Bakeer Marker said six points were detailed in her report that will be taken up during the on-going UNHRC session.

He said through her report, the UN Human Rights Commissioner has raised concerns pertaining to the militarisation of state bodies, removal of progressive policies in the Constitution, increase in crimes and human rights violations, formulating policies to favour the majority and side-lining minorities in the country, rise in surveillance of private citizens, new human rights violations and the government’s purported deviation from its commitments to address alleged human rights violations and challenges pose to the freedoms of the people.

Separately, Parliamentarian Imtiaz Bakeer Marker questioned the move to cancel the scheduled speech in Parliament by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He said after inviting to speak in Parliament, the government has cancelled it which could lead to unnecessary diplomatic issues.

MP Bakeer Marker said the government should be mindful when dealing with other countries as Sri Lanka is already facing issues in the international arena.