Amnesty International expressed concern over events in Sri Lanka, stressing that "human rights must not become a casualty of Sri Lanka’s political crisis".
"The authorities must ensure that key freedoms are respected and protected at this time. People should be allowed to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association," Amnesty's Minar Pimple said.
Amnesty International is also concerned by reports that journalists working at government-controlled media outlets were subject to threats, intimidation and harassment.
“All journalists must be allowed to carry out their work freely and without fear. The authorities have a responsibility to ensure their safety and well-being,” Pimple added.