For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
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.
The investigations into the staff of these international organizations have been launched following a directive by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The Defence Secretary has ordered the IGP to investigate into each of the members serving in these organizations in Sri Lanka, their past activities and the political affiliations of their family members as well.
Meanwhile, all NGOs operating in the country are being monitored by the Defence Ministry. The Defence Secretary citing intelligence reports acted to withdraw the visas of Tiffany Eastman of the Non Violent Peace Force and Ali Pahl from the Organization to Protect Human Rights and send them out of Sri Lanka on the 7th.
The Non Violent Peace Force has offices in Colombo, the North and the East. Both these internationally recognized organizations have provided aid to those who have been subjected to human rights violations.