Nov 30, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) expressing deeply concern has called on the police to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the abduction of an employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo.
In a letter to the Acting Inspector General of Police C D Wickramaratne, the Chairperson of HRCSL said the Commission is deeply concerned by the media reports that an employee of a diplomatic mission in Sri Lanka had recently been abducted by a group of unknown persons who had allegedly demanded that she provide them information pertaining to Sri Lankans who have sought protection through that embassy.
"The Commission urgently calls on you to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into this alarming incident. As you would agree a speedy and impartial investigation into the matter to unearth those responsible is absolutely essential to strengthen public confidence in law enforcement and to dispel public fears," the HRCSL Chairperson wrote.
The Commission noted that when the public entertains such fears it has a chilling effect on democratic rights and freedoms.
"Not only must justice be done on behalf of the young woman who may be traumatized by the abduction, but the larger issue of the need to reassure the public also must be addressed," the Commission said.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police said it has launched an extensive investigation into the abduction of the Swiss embassy officer based on the information they received.