US Calls on Sri Lanka to Respect Right of Free Movement

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The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka has condemned the government for blocking hundreds of Tamils from attending a protest rally against extra-judicial killings. A military spokesman said bus operators were advised not to enter the capital in order to maintain peace in the area.


In a statement headlined: “US alarmed by peaceful protestors’ detention”, the US embassy said “all Sri Lankans should enjoy the same rights and live in dignity”.

It noted a “lack of progress” in ensuring basic human rights in Sri Lanka despite a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution demanding an improvement.

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