EU wants probe on Welikada killings, reiterates support for judiciary

The European Union has called for an immediate and impartial investigation into the recent incidents at the Welikada prison, leading to the deaths of several prisoners. It also reiterated its support for the Judiciary.

The following is the statement issued by the European Union Delegation in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Sri Lanka: "The European Union Delegation in Colombo is concerned by a number of recent developments in Sri Lanka surrounding the rule of law and individual freedoms.

"The European Union looks to the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that the independence of the judiciary is protected; that investigations into the large number of deaths at the Welikada prison are speedy and impartial; and that all citizens, including students, journalists and opposition politicians, are able to exercise their fundamental rights without impediment.

The European Union Delegation notes that several other domestic and international actors have also expressed concerns, including the Commonwealth Secretary General, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and the Asian Human Rights Commission."

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