UN expert daunted by widespread fear of setbacks in SL

Saturday, 27 July 2019

A UN expert says he was daunted by the widespread fear of setbacks in the democratic gains expressed by all sectors of society in Sri Lanka.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule said the people of Sri Lanka must act together to secure democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

“At the root of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association is the ability of people to come together to make their voices heard. It is important that the people of Sri Lanka unite in order to bolster the democratic progress that the country has made so far,” the expert said, presenting a preliminary statement at the end of a visit to the country.