By: Isuru Parakrama
Colombo (LNW): Public Security Minister Tiran Alles has decided not to appear before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) today (13) citing ‘inappropriate procedure’ being followed to summon him.
Following deep concerns raised by a number of parties on the manner in which the Police had acted to repress the recent protests held in Colombo and around the University of Kelaniya, the HRCSL had launched a probe and the Public Security Minister was summoned to appear at the Commission on March 13, 2023.
However, four members of the HRCSL had later told media that the decision to summon the Subject Minister was made on the sole discretion of the Commission Chairman and that they had no part in it. The Commission was not convened after February 28, 2023 and one member is currently overseas, the media reports claimed.
In the backdrop, Minister Alles stressed that he had informed the HRCSL in writing that he will not be appearing before it on the basis that the summoning was carried out outside any ‘standard procedure.’