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HRCSL dismisses allegations raised by President

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has dismissed a statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena in Parliament this week which was critical of the HRCSL.

In a letter to the President, Dr. Deepika Udagama, the Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka notes that the HRCSL is not only disheartened by the unjust criticism but is also discouraged.

Responding to the President’s criticism of the HRCSL in relation to its inquiries on the Special Task Force being deployed to the Angunakolapelessa Prison, the HRCSL said that one of the main functions of the Commission is to monitor the welfare of detainees and protect their rights according to the recognized laws.

On the President’s concerns raised over the Human Rights Commission and the vetting process of troops, HRCSL said that it is due to the independence of the Commission and the trust placed in the Commission that in 2016 the United Nations designated the Human Rights Commission to vet the Sri Lankan military and police officers for deployment to UN Peacekeeping Missions.