Pillay gathering Weliweriya info

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Navi Pillay has been alerted over the violent incidents which took place in Weliweriya recently and they are now in the process of gathering more information.

Pillay’s spokesperson Cécile Pouilly said that OHCHR is concerned over the reported incidents in which three people were killed and many others sustained injuries.

“We are concerned about reported incidents in the town of Weliweriya, Sri Lanka, where protesters asking for clean water were reportedly injured. We are trying to gather more information on these incidents,” Pouilly said.

The concerns have been raised even as Pillay prepares to visit Sri Lanka at the end of this month on an invitation extended by the government.

External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillake Amunugama said that so far Pillay’s office has not indicated that she will be looking into the Weliweriya incident.

However he said the government is ready to respond to any concerns she has and communicate the government position. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam

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