UNP objects the circular to limit NGO activities-Video
The United States stated its government is concerned about the Sri Lankan government’s orders that prevent media activities of unregistered NGOs and Civil Society Groups in the country.
In a statement issued today, US State Department Spokesperson Jane Sahki stated a prolonged democratic practice of the country including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly has been suppressed due to the new orders.
The statement also pressurized the Sri Lankan government to leave NGOs and Civil Society Groups to engage in their activities independently as they have been playing a major role in safeguarding the democratic norms of the country.
Meanwhile Democratic Peoples Front Mano Ganeshan told a media briefing held in Colombo today that NGOs have contributed immensely in the country development.
AT the same time, the UNP stated the government’s Circular that limits NGO activities has contravened the Constitution of the country.
Issuing a statement, UNP Leadership Council President MP Karu Jayasuriya requested the government to accept the role of the civil societies which are committed to safeguard a democratic framework in the country.
However Director of the National Defence and Urban Development Ministry Media Center Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya told a media conference held in Colombo yesterday the new recommendation has not slit the wings of NGOs.
He said that the NGOs have been advised to operate within the framework of existing laws in the country.