UN resident coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer-Hamdy indicates her displeasure over the recent detentions of the peaceful protestors in the guise of quarantine saying Restrictions imposed as measures against the pandemic should not go beyond the legitimate protection of public health. She said in a Twitter message that the right of assembly helps exercise other rights such as freedom of expression and influence public policies.
“Right of assembly includes the right to hold peaceful demonstrations. 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,” she tweeted.