'Websites, not meant to defame people'
Restrictions on websites are necessary in some instances as freedom
to express opinions is not in any way meant to defame people, said
Jayampathy Wickremeratne PC.
He said Human Rights reviewed by the International community every
four years, are common standards applied for all mankind. He said the
West adopts double standards in respect of Human Rights. "Although Human
Rights belong to humanity, it is still viewed as the exclusive preserve
of the West," he said.
Wickremeratne was delivering the Prof Nandadasa Kodagoda Memorial
Oration at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on Thursday.
Wickremaratne added that civil and political rights are not the
luxury of the rich.
"Universal Declaration of Human Rights is recognized by the
UN.However modern Human Rights are not well understood despite the
constitution providing protection for Human Rights," he said.
He said the Bill of Rights which he assisted in drafting has been
gathering dust for three years.
Wickremeratne was of the view that a challenge is ahead of the
country to work towards an indigenous Human Hights charter.