There is pressure both locally and abroad to immediately suspend the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which is being used very inhumanely to hunt people in Sri Lanka. The European Union asked Sri Lanka to suspend it until it fully complies with international human rights law and standards.
Yesterday, September 12th, the EU delegation at the UN Human Rights Council condemned the “unwarranted use” of force against ‘peaceful demonstrators.’
The EU delegation also called for urgent action to end impunity and accountability.
The European Union expressed its thanks to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the report tabled on Sri Lanka at the 51st session which opened yesterday, and stated, “We reaffirm our commitment to human rights, reconciliation, and accountability in Sri Lanka.”
The EU said that it recognizes the challenges Sri Lanka is facing after months of protests and the recent change of government and stressed the need of upholding all human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of opinion and expression of all persons in Sri Lanka, including persons and groups in vulnerable and marginalized situations.
“We also underline the need for effective and equal fulfillment of economic, social and cultural rights of all,” the EU said.
And the EU encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to remain engaged with the UN and international partners as well as fully cooperate with the High Commissioner.
“We will continue to support Sri Lanka’s efforts towards a fully inclusive dialogue on governance, rule of law, democratic values, and devolution and human rights.” said the EU.
Regular sessions of the Human Rights Council of the 51st, will be held from 12 September – 7 October 2022.