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UNHRC for the first time in history cites ‘economic rights’ of Sri Lankan people: Opposition Leader

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) session, which is currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland, has prioritised the economic rights of the people of Sri Lanka for the first time in history, reminded Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, speaking to the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Authority Board Meeting in the Kolonnawa Electorate, Colombo organised by Party Spokesperson MP S.M. Marikkar.

The people of this country drove out the Rajapaksas through a people’s struggle, but what has happened today is that a gatekeeper who protects them has come to power, he noted, alleging that the United National Party (UNP), a political force that once served the people of this country big time, has completely been sold out to the Rajapaksas now.

The intelligent people of this country should think carefully whether the relevance of the famous slogan “Hondata Thibba Ratak, Api Wetichcha Thenak” (The Country That Once Was Glorious Has Fallen) shouted out by certain parties on political stages in 2019 resorts to the present or the past, Premadasa emphasised.

He revealed that during the Good Governance regime, he was invited on multiple occasions to accept the premiership, but denied in the stronghold of being loyal to his then leader, who was Ranil Wickremesinghe the then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Premadasa claimed that his policies have never changed since then, adding that today, he holds no expectations of accepting the presidency or the premiership by betraying the genuine struggle of the people of this country on the same ground.

MIAP

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