Diplomatic community concerned over State of Emergency

The diplomatic community in Sri Lanka have raised concerns over the State of Emergency.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung said the voices of peaceful citizens need to be heard.

“Concerned by another State of Emergency. The voices of peaceful citizens need to be heard. And the very real challenges Sri Lankans are facing require long term solutions to set the country back on a path toward prosperity and opportunity for all. The SOE won’t help do that,” she tweeted.

The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton said that emergency laws work against democratic dialogue and solutions.

“A democratic and peaceful approach is essential to resolving the current challenges. Rights to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected alongside all fundamental rights. Emergency laws restricting those rights work against democratic dialogue & solutions,” she tweeted.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, David McKinnon said that its hard to understand why it is necessary to declare a State of Emergency.

“Over the past weeks, the demonstrations across #SriLanka have overwhelmingly involved citizens enjoying their right to peaceful freedom of expression, and are a credit to the country’s democracy. It’s hard to understand why it is necessary, then, to declare a state of emergency,” he tweeted.

The Swiss Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Dominik Furgler said that Sri Lankans have been peacefully demonstrating because they are desperate and suffering.

“For weeks the Sri Lankans have been peacefully demonstrating because they are desperate and suffering. To avoid an escalation the causes have to be seriously and credibly addressed now. It‘s hard to see how a state of emergency could help in any way,” he said.

The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Trine Jøranli Eskedal said that Norway was closely following the situation in Sri Lanka.

“We are closely following the situation in #SriLanka. Using teargas on peaceful protesters and declaring a state of emergency when the protests have been peaceful and while the parliament is adjourned is concerning. We urge all sides to act with restraint,” she said.

New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Appleton said that New Zealand is concerned that Sri Lanka is again in a State of Emergency.

“New Zealand is concerned Sri Lanka is again in a State of Emergency, without a clear rationale provided. Sri Lankans, whose recent protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful, deserve to have their voices heard,” he said.

He encourages all to focus on solving Sri Lanka’s political and economic challenges. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. Madam Julie Chung,
    You know very well that the so-called Peace Full Protests have turned violent these days. It is you – the US that financed these so-called peaceful protest organization under unscrupulous grants that you have been distributing to various youth groups and NGO’s in Sri Lanka under the very “eye” of the Gotabaya government in recent times. The US Republicans did the same to Canadians against PM. Justin Trudeau by prompting the “Truckers “FREEDOM” Protest and shutting down Ottawa. You/US financed the Truckers protest to the tune of US$: 14 million and kept it “fueling” for months which has crippled the Canadian Economy as it is. You – the US is sending weapons to the “DUM” Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine who has allowed EU and the West to make his motherland a war testing ground to you conspirators. The poor Ukraine people and paying the price every day because of your geo-political conspiracies. In a Similar manner, you have made “PEACEFULL” Sri Lanka a economical an political nation at present in the region.
    Please keep your mouth shut and mind your business please.
    Patriotic Sri Lankans do not have Ultra Sonic Nuclear war heads to threaten you/US. But we have the will to come over your conspiracies, what ever it may be, by the grace of God AllMighty.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communications Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener “The Muslim Voice”.

    • Thank God none of you rabid medieval barbarians have access to nuclear weapons ! God help the world if that becomes a reality.

  2. Are we going to see international troops deployed if the government continues to attack its citizens???

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