OHCHR said the situation has worsened and that with food and fuel shortages and power outages, desperate Sri Lankans are starting new protests.
In response to the emergency and other restrictions, OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell said: “We understand that these measures aim to prevent or discourage people from legitimately expressing their dissatisfaction through peaceful protests and that they interfere with the exchange of views on the matter. I am concerned. public interest”.
In recent months, peaceful protests across the country have fueled public dissatisfaction.
However, due to a sharp shortage of fuel, cooking gas and essential food items; The situation has been exacerbated by worsening inflation, currency devaluation and rolling power cuts over the past two weeks.
Throssell told reporters in Geneva that “this has led to further protests by Sri Lankans who are desperate at the rising cost of living and the difficulty of securing basic supplies.”
After protests outside the presidential residence on March 31, the government declared a state of emergency on April 1, declared a 36-hour curfew from 6 p.m. on April 2, and shut down social media networks for 15 hours the next day.
There have also been reports of excessive and unjustified violence by the police against protesters.
OHCHR tells Sri Lankan authorities that measures related to the state of emergency must be “in accordance with international human rights law” and must be limited to the extent strictly required by the situation and proportionate to the situation and “not to be used to suppress dissent or dissent”. No,” he recalled. Interfere with peaceful protests
A spokesperson for the United Nations Office for Human Rights said: “The United Nations Office for Human Rights will continue to monitor the situation.”
The United Nations Office for Human Rights will continue to monitor the situation closely. – Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Drifting towards militarization
As noted in a recent report submitted to the Human Rights Council by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in a recent report to the Human Rights Council in February, Sri Lanka’s tendency to militarize and the weakening of institutional checks and balances will help the country to cope effectively with the economic crisis and improve the economic, social and cultural rights of all citizens.
The High Commissioner has previously expressed concern about the way governments respond to criticism and dissent in ways that undermine civic space.
“We reiterate these concerns today,” a UN official said.
“We urge governments, political parties and civil society to engage in immediate, inclusive and meaningful dialogue to find solutions to the pressing economic and political challenges facing Sri Lanka and avoid further polarization of the situation.”
ask for restraint
Meanwhile, in New York, Deputy Secretary-General Farhan Haq told reporters at a regular press briefing that the UN team in Sri Lanka is “looking closely at the situation.”
He said UN resident coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy had reminded the government that the right to peaceful assembly, association and expression is a universal fundamental right that helps promote dialogue between citizens and nations.
On Friday, a senior UN official called for restraint and easing of tensions on all sides, out of a violent confrontation.
“Our UN team encourages all citizens to engage in dialogue for a peaceful resolution,” said Haq.