Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe launched the five-year national action plan to protect and promote human rights at a ceremony held at the parliamentary complex on Wednesday.
Speaking at the event, The Prime Minister said the time has come to reaffirm human rights in the country. He said the human rights were not respected and secured during the past regime.
He noted that even now there is a trend to verbally attack the persons who express views on human rights. The democratic way is to provide opportunity for human rights groups to express their views on securing human rights.
The National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights 2017-2021 documents goal-oriented activities in Human Rights arena, aimed to strengthen the national processes and mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights through substantial constitutional, legislative, policy and administrative frameworks.