US says disturbed by threats to civil society

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 02:33 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The United States Embassy in a statement said it is disturbed by the series of threats and attacks against legal defenders, civil society organisations and activists who have spoken out on recent events. 

“The right to express opinions freely is universal and one that is protected under Sri Lankan law.  We urge the Government of Sri Lanka protect this fundamental right and ensure that all citizens are able to express their opinions without fear of retribution,” the US Embassy said.