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UN says Sri Lanka should not use Coronavirus quarantine to suppress peaceful protests

ECONOMYNEXT – The top United Nations official in Colombo has said Sri Lanka should not use quarantine rules to suppress peaceful protest which part of right of assembly and freedom of expression.

“Right of assembly includes the right to hold peaceful demonstrations,” UN’s resident co-ordinator in Colombo Hanaa Singer-Hamdy said in a twitter.com message.

“It helps exercise other rights; freedom of expression & influence public policies.

“Vital that restrictions imposed as measures against the pandemic don’t go beyond the legitimate protection of #PublicHealth.”

UN’s World Health Organization has supported Sri Lanka on a number of matters relating to Coronavirus including providing free vaccines under the Covax facility funded by richer nations and private corporations.

Sri Lanka’s police had forcibly quarantined protestors which had drawn concern from the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and opposition groups.

Several protestors who had been arrested and given bail by courts were also quarantine.

Sri Lanka’s teachers have stopped online teaching on Monday as a protest against the incarceration of teachers union officials following a protest. (Colombo/July12/2021)

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