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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.

Colombo (AsiaNews) - 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 nation.

In harsh 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".

However, for the AHRC, the situation is so serious that increasingly Sri Lankans blame the state for such crimes.

 


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See also
05/29/2008 SRI LANKA
For Colombo, media criticism of government "unacceptable"
by Melani Manel Perera
11/18/2013 SRI LANKA
Commonwealth ultimatum to Sri Lanka: Clarify war crimes
by Melani Manel Perera
03/22/2013 SRI LANKA
Christians and Buddhists un favour of UN resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes
by Melani Manel Perera
08/23/2012 SRI LANKA
Jaffna Catholics: government is lying about civil war refugees
by Melani Manel Perera
11/20/2013 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka gives go ahead to first ever (government) survey on human rights violations
by Melani Manel Perera

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