Human Rights Watch reveals that at least two jou alists were attacked during the joint operation of the Sri Lanka Army, Police and Special Forces on July 22.
Also, Human Rights Watch revealed that jou alists and those posting information on social media have been arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted for their work.
Meanwhile, 13 inte ational human rights organizations have condemned the violent repression and retaliation by the Sri Lankan authorities against the peaceful protesters and jou alists in Sri Lanka.
The organizations indicate that their organizations are also very worried about the reports that the jou alists who came to report the protests have been targeted by the authorities.
It is also reported that they were questioned and asked to see the security footage.
Human Rights Watch points out that jou alists and others involved in observing or reporting on protests are protected under the ICCPR.
The human rights organizations that have signed the relevant joint statement are as follows.
01) Amnesty Inte ational / Amnesty Inte ational
02) Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
04) FIDH-Inte ational Federation for Human Rights / FIDH-Inte ational Federation for Human Rights
05) Franciscans Inte ational
06) Front Line Defenders
07) Human Rights Watch / Human Rights Watch
08) Inte ational Commission of Jurists
09) Inte ational Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)
10) Inte ational Service for Human Rights / Inte ational Service for Human Rights
11) Sri Lanka Campaign
12) The Inte ational Working Group on Sri Lanka
13) World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
The joint statement issued by them states that the violent crackdown by the Sri Lankan authorities against peaceful protestors and jou alists includes arrests, intimidation and brutal attack on the protest site in Colombo on July 22, 2022.
The relevant organizations have emphasized that the Sri Lankan authorities should ensure that the security forces do not use excessive force and expect that the rights of the peaceful protestors will be respected in the struggle area.