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UN Human Rights Office Warns of Far-Reaching Negative Implications for Human Rights in Sri Lanka’s New Online Safety Act

The UN Human Rights Office, in a statement released on Friday (2), expressed deep concern regarding Sri Lanka’s recently enacted Online Safety Act, emphasizing its potential detrimental impact on human rights, particularly freedom of expression.

In the official statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, the UN Human Rights Office called upon the Sri Lankan government to proactively address apprehensions raised by civil society and industry groups. The office urged the government to consider amending the Online Safety Act to align it with international human rights standards, thereby ensuring compliance with the nation’s human rights obligations.

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