UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Clément Nyaletsossi Voule has recommended that the Sri Lankan government consider repealing article 16 of the Constitution.
Article 16 forbids judicial review of existing legislation that violates the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and other fundamental rights.
The UN Special Rapporteur visited Sri Lanka in July last aftermath of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks which nearly killed 300. He visited Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July, at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government.
Following his visit, Voule has compiled a 19-page report on Sri Lanka's rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. This report will be taken into consideration during the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The 44th session of the top body of the UN which is responsible for human rights violations began today.
During the session, there will be a debate on systematic racial violations in the United States of America, rights abuses by China and many other incidents related to human rights violations around the globe.
In his report, Mr. Clément Nyaletsossi Voule has made some recommendations regarding the freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and has viewed that the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association as essential to the full realization of democracy, and considers that his visit came at a crucial moment for the country.
Earlier this month a peaceful protest by the FrontLine Socialist party was attacked and protestors were arrested. It was held in front of the US Embassy Colombo, supporting and worldwide protests against police brutality and racial discrimination. Protesters were later released on bail.