For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Sri Lankaís Chief of Immigration has terminated the visa given to Ms. Elizabeth Ogaya who is the Project Co-ordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Protection Programme (HRDPP). Ms. Ogaya, the Kenyan born HR professional is attached to the US-based Non Violence Peace Force (NVPF) in Colombo and was given until the 30th of August to prepare to leave the country.
The Defence Ministry has ordered a Korean national lady involved in humanitarian work at the Non Violent Peace Force, an NGO that has been operating in the country for several years, to leave the country before the 30th of this month.
The CID has commenced special investigations into the staff of the Non Violent Peace Force Sri Lanka office and the Organization to Protect Human Rights.
MFSL has learned that the Government of Sri Lanka has terminated the visas of two senior staff members of the Non Violence Peace Force (NP). Both of them, the country director Tiffany Easthom and senior staff member Ali Palh were first asked to leave by July 1. Following an appeal by NVBF asking for adequate time to hand over their duties, they were given an extension of seven days and will have to leave the country by July 8, 2010.