Sri Lankan: Bar Association urges President to revoke state of emergency

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has requested the President to revoke the proclamation declaring a state of emergency to ensure the fundamental rights of the people. The Association reiterated that the state of emergency must not be used to stifle peaceful protests and dissent or to make arbitrary arrests and detentions.

On the other hand, the Ambassador of the United States to Sri Lanka Julie Chung said that she is concerned by another State of Emergency. She said, the voices of peaceful citizens need to be heard.

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency last night, citing public security and the protection of public order and for the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community.

The move comes after massive protests across the island nation demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa and the entire government over the economic crisis in the country.

Meanwhile, UNICEF is concerned with reports of violence during protests involving children in Sri Lanka. All actors must guarantee the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, including for children, the UNICEF said today.

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