Peaceful Assembly

People in Sri Lanka regularly exercise their right to peaceful assembly. Although there are fewer restrictions on protest rights under the new administration, security forces continue to use excessive force to disperse protesters. This force includes tear gas and water cannon and had especially targeted student protests. Intimidation and restrictive practices are frequently used to quell protests in the Tamil-majority north and east regions. Many civic groups in the region have highlighted that inter-community reconciliation cannot happen until conflict affected communities are able to mourn for those lost in the country’s civil war; in practice however these commemorative events can be banned under anti-terror laws.