Lanka’s HR defenders at risk

Human Rights defenders in Sri Lanka are facing risks, Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders told the Human Rights Council today.

Speaking during the 19th session of the council in Geneva today (Monday) Sekaggya said that it had been brought to her notice that should human rights defenders in Sri Lanka seek the protection of her mandate they, their families and colleagues may be subject to reprisals.

“This ongoing situation combined with smear campaigns against defenders in the national media is of great concern to me,” she said.

In it’s response the Sri Lankan delegation urged the Council not to fall prey to those who masquerade behind the “readymade cloak of a human rights defender creating political havoc wherever they are at the behest of their political masters in their execution of collateral agendas”.