Sri Lankan protesters hand over petition to US Embassy

Feb 28, Colombo: Thousands of Sri Lankan protesters marched over to the United States Embassy in Colombo Monday and handed over a petition against the US-backed resolution to be brought at the 19th sessions of United nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

The resolution, backed by the US and its Western allies, aims to pressure the Sri Lankan government to promptly implement the recommendations made by the domestic Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to address the accountability issues.

The massive protest march with hundreds of thousands of people carrying placards and shouting slogans commenced from the Bambalapitiya junction and arrived at the Kollupitiya junction where the US Embassy is located.

Major General M.R.W. Soysa has handed over the petition to the US Embassy officials and the Embassy officials have said that they would take the initiative of handing over the petition to the US Government.

The US Embassy earlier issued a warning to the US citizens over the mass solidarity demonstration planned to be held in Colombo and other major cities in the island on Monday (27) against the resolution.

The warning, issued as a public service to US citizens in Sri Lanka and the Maldives warned that demonstrations could occur outside the US Embassy and could continue after Monday and urged the US citizens to closely monitor local media for reports of protests and avoid coming to the Embassy located on the Galle Road when there is a protest in the area.

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