» 02/05/2014 SRI LANKA As Sri Lanka celebrates its independence, Sri Lankans continue to fear crime and violence by Melani Manel Perera The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) accuses Sri Lankan authorities on the 66th anniversary of the country's independence. In his official address, the president warns against "foreign forces" and their sinister designs.
- The "day
of independence has turned out to be a day that reminds people of their fears
and helplessness, rather than a day that they could celebrate with pride and
hope," said the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in its message on the 66th
anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence, celebrated yesterday across the island
words, the human rights watchdog slammed the Sri Lankan government for "the
vast numbers of crimes" that it has failed "to investigate or prosecute".
For his, President
Mahinda Rajapaksa attended official celebrations in Kegalle.
In his address
to the nation, he warned Sri Lankans that "foreign forces" have
sinister designs in order "to use them as human shields".
the AHRC, the situation is so serious that increasingly Sri Lankans blame the
state for such crimes.