President hits out at HRCSL again and asks who it protects

President Maithripala Sirisena, speaking in Parliament today, again hit out at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), and asked if it protects criminals or civilians.

Speaking during the debate on the Constitutional Council, the President reiterated a statement he had made earlier on the HRCSL.

He said that today he has the same question that he asked a few weeks back from the HRCSL and that is if they protect criminals or the general public.

The President slammed the HRCSL for questioning a decision taken earlier to deploy the Police Special Task Force to the Angunakolapelessa prison.

After the President first criticized the HRCSL, the HRCSL said that it was finding it difficult to carry out its duties independently.

Local civil society had also written to the President raising concerns over the statement he had made on the HRCSL.

However, today the President said that he stood by his original statement. (Colombo Gazette)