On IDPs’ distress, extra judicial killings,
arbitrary arrests and lack of press freedom

Ranil sends envoy to brief Navanetham and Antonio Guterress

Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe has nominated Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena as his special envoy to brief UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navanetham Pillai, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterress on the pathetic situation of Sri Lanka’s Internally Displaced Persons detained in camps in the northern part of Sri Lanka.

In a letter addressed to the UN officials he had stated:

"I have nominated Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana, Member of Parliament, Assistant Secretary of the United National Party in charge of Relief and Human Rights as my special envoy to brief you on behalf of the Opposition in Sri Lanka, about of the pathetic situation of Sri Lankan internally displaced persons, detained in camps in the northern part of Sri Lanka.

"Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana has been drawing his special attention to the people of the war torn areas of Sri Lanka, where he has provided basic humanitarian needs to those people who were suffering in silence. He is a well known human rights activist and has always been taking up the issues of violation of human rights of the people of Sri Lanka, including the Opposition Members of Parliament, with both local and international authorities.

"Dr. Jayawardana’s complaint to the UN Human Rights Commission under the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), against the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was the first case in Sri Lanka, where the United Nations Human Rights Commission issued a declaration confirming that Dr. Jayawardana’s fundamental rights have been violated. Dr. Jayawardana commands recognition from the international human rights and humanitarian agencies, and the Members of Parliament all over the world, for his tireless, consistent human rights and humanitarian activities."

Wickremesinghe states that Dr. Jayawardana would on his behalf present them with the latest developments including the pathetic situation of the IDPs, extra judicial killings, arbitrary assets and suppression of the media in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Jayawardana will be in Geneva from October 21 to 24 and in London from October 26 to 30.

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