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Friday, 29 December 2017 - 13:17
UN urges Sri Lanka not to criminalize poverty
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A United Nations human rights team has said poverty in Sri Lanka appears to be a key factor that leads to people being involved in illegal activities ending in their arrest.

The team has urged the government to find alternatives to detention, instead of criminalizing poverty.
 
These were some of the preliminary findings of the team which conducted an official country visit in early this month, accompanied by staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the invitation of the government.
 
These included individuals charged with Prevention of Terrorism Act or criminal offenses, those detained at drug rehabilitation centers and childcare institutions.
 
The Working Group also received reports that between 25 to 30 beggars, homeless and street people are reportedly being detained at Ridiyagama Detention Center in Ambalantota each month. 
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