UN wants Lanka to probe murder of journalists

UN spokesman Stephane DujarricThe United Nations (UN) yesterday called on the Sri Lankan Government to investigate killings of journalists.

UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said cases of harassment also needs to be looked into.

He was responding to a question raised on the murder of The Sunday Leader founding Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga seven years ago.

“You know, obviously, unsolved cases of harassment and killings of journalists need to be solved and the perpetrators need to be brought to justice,” he said.

Dujarric was also asked about incidents of torture said to have taken place last year after President Maithripala Sirisena took office, and made public by two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).

“On the reports of torture, I know our human rights colleagues are aware of the reports put forward by the NGOs that you’d mentioned,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)


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