Dr. JJ complains to HR Commissioner

Former UNP parliamentarian, Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena has complained to Ms. Navanetham Pillai, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva that the IGP has withdrawn his security contingent despite an Appeal Court directive to provide protection to him as his life is under threat.

In his letter, Dr. Jayawardena says he is working as a Human Rights Defender and is the Founder Secretary General of Parliamentarians for Human Rights in Sri Lanka.

"Accordingly, the Inspector General of Police had to provide nine security officers from the police along with a backup vehicle. On the 16th of February 2010, Mahinda Balasuriya, present Inspector General of Police withdrew my security, along with the backup vehicle which has exposed my life to get danger, even without notifying the Court of Appeal of withdrawal of my security", the former MP said.

"I will be making representations to the Court of Appeal with regard to this and I will be very thankful to you if you could take whatever appropriate action that you could take to protect my life as a Human Rights Defender," he says.

Dr. Jayawardena said the UN Human Rights Commission and Inter-Parliamentary Union have already made public declarations to the Government of Sri Lanka to protect his life under the UN International covenant of Civil Political Rights which has been ratified by the Government of Sri Lanka since his activities as a Human Rights Defender have exposed his life to great risk.

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