Give Gota Security – HRC tells Ranil

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has said to President Ranil Wickremesinghe that  all necessary steps to assess the threat situation and provide former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family with security protection as needed.

President  Wickramasinghe had previously said that it would not be desirable   for the former president to return at this point

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s return to Sri Lanka is likely in approximately two weeks as he is eager to return as soon as possible due to the high cost of his stay in Thailand, but has been held back by security concerns, Reuters reported, quoting two anonymous sources “familiar with the matter”.

He definitely wants to come back. But security is the main issue, and intelligence has advised that he delay his return,”

one of the sources, a Sri Lankan Government official, had told Reuters. “He may return in two weeks or even before that if arrangements for his safety can be made.”

However, the former president has not made a request for a safe return or security.

HRCSL Chairperson Rohini Marasinghe has informed the president that the family of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, now living aboard, is entitled to the protection of the law to a safe return to the country after a group of loyalist took up the matter with the commission.

The loyalist pointed out that Several complaints were received by the HRCSL alleging that Ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had tendered his resignation under threat and coercion, and the government had failed to provide adequate security to Gotabaya Rajapaksa .

Currently, the former president has very little option than returning to Sri Lanka.

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