Meeting between HC judges and UN envoy cancelled

A meeting which was set to take place between a visiting UN Special Rapporteur and High Court judges was cancelled after concerns were raised in Parliament.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament today that he had raised the issue with the Justice Ministry and Foreign Ministry.

As a result the meeting was cancelled but the UN Special Rapporteur had met the Chuef Justice.

Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena had told Parliament yesterday that the Foreign Ministry had sought to arrange a meeting between the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule and top judges in the country.

The Opposition said that the Foreign Ministry had requested the Justice Ministry to arrange a meeting with the Chief Justice and judges of the Colombo High Court.

Gunawardena said a foreigner cannot question the Chief Justice and other judges.

Voule is in Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country.