International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs and International Movement of Catholic Students known as Pax Romana in consultative status with the UN Human Rights Council has handed over a written submission to the Session 16 of the HR Council in Geneva, in accordance with the Economic and Social Council Resolution 1996/31, asking that “promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights including the right to development” of North and East of Sri Lanka, be guaranteed.
Backing their claim of suppression of human and civil rights defenders, especially in North and East of Sri Lanka, the submission says, “concerning widespread and numerous cases of attacks, threats and restrictions to the Human Rights defenders (HRDs) and fundamental freedoms in post war North and East in Sri Lanka, the Human Rights Council has failed to take effective action to have a tangible impact on the prevention of further abuses on the ground.”
The submission says the expectations of people in the North and the East that they could get back to normal life after 30 years of war is being shattered. “In the year after the war between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended, people in the North who had borne the brunt of the war, anticipated a gradual recovery from years of violence and displacement and enjoy their rights and freedoms as citizens. However, these expectations have been constrained by severe restrictions, threats and attacks on freedom of assembly, association, expression and movement, particular targeting human rights defenders (HRDs)” the submission says.
Pax Romana in its submission to the HRC says “The Human Rights Council should urge the government of Sri Lanka to provide an environment devoid of fear in the North and East for HRDs and NGOs to operate and take actions to acknowledge problems, investigate allegations of violations, prosecute suspects.”
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