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FCO Minister urges protection of rights to peaceful protest in Sri Lanka

Alistair Burt: I urge authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation.

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FCO Minister urges protection of rights to peaceful protest in Sri Lanka
FCO Minister urges protection of rights to peaceful protest in Sri Lanka

Speaking today, Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt said:

‘I note with serious concern emerging reports of the violent disruption of peaceful protests by the Sri Lankan security forces in Weliweriya on 1 August, in which at least 3 people died.

My thoughts are with the families of those who were killed or injured.

I urge the authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation.’

Published 8 August 2013