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UN urges Sri Lankan authorities to prevent violence from escalating

Violence has broken out in Sri Lanka since April 9. (Photo: AP)

At the same time, the United Nations called on the authorities Sri Lanka do not let the instability worsen.

In her statement, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachele expressed great concern at the escalating violence in Sri Lanka when supporters of the country’s recently resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa clashed with The group demanded Mr. Rajapaksa’s resignation.

Ms. Bachele said that the Economic Crisis seriously made the life of the people of Sri Lanka difficult. “I condemn all acts of violence and call on the authorities to independently, thoroughly and transparently investigate all attacks,” she said.

Sri Lanka needs to conduct national dialogue and implement sweeping reforms to find solutions to the socio-economic challenges facing the country. The United Nations will monitor the situation closely, and expressed hope that Sri Lanka will find a peaceful solution to the crisis and prevent violence from recurring, Ms. Bachele said.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachele. (Photo: AP)

Sri Lanka is sinking deep into a serious crisis. Violence broke out on April 9 and so far has shown no sign of abating. Statistics show that at least 7 people have been killed and nearly 200 injured since the clash broke out.

In the latest incident, Sri Lankan officials said on May 10, a mob attacked Senior Deputy Inspector General Deshabandu Tennakoon, the highest-ranking police officer in the capital Colombo, and set the vehicle on fire. His is parked near the Prime Minister’s residence. Mr. Tennakoon received emergency treatment and has returned home.

On May 6, Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency for the second time in five weeks in Sri Lanka, giving more powers to security forces to deal with a wave of anti-government protests. government is rising, sending the country into a state of stagnation. Sri Lankan police then imposed an indefinite curfew in the country’s capital Colombo on May 9, a day before Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa submitted his resignation to the president.

Sri Lanka is in the midst of a serious financial crisis. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Finance announced last week that, due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, high oil prices along with the tax policy promoted by the Government of President Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka currently has less than 50 million USD to spare. usable foreign currency reserves.

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