Sri Lanka: environmental defender asked compensation for reporting adverse impact of large-scale hotelEvent
- Sri Lanka
- Initial Date
- Aug 24, 2020
- Event Description
Denying the allegations leveled over a supposedly large-scale hotel built near the Sinharaja Forest, Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has sent a letter of demand to environmentalist Sajeewa Chamikara through his lawyers seeking a compensation of Rs. 500 million within seven days.
Rajapaksa in his letter cites that Chamikara's statement is false, baseless and insulting.
Chamikara on August 19 told media that a large scale hotel belonging to Yoshitha Rajapaksa was built in the Sinharaja Forest and a road is being developed penetrating the forest canvass to enter the hotel.
Rajapaksa also makes the following demands in his letter;
Acknowledge that there is no truth to this statement and plead apology Inform the relevant media institutions or parties to remove this news item, had it been published on media, and make arrangements to remove the news item Acknowledge before media through a press release that there is no truth to this statement Statement that no baseless allegations will be leveled against Mr. Yoshitha Rajapaksa again Payment of Rs. 500 million as compensation within 07 days
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Intimidation and Threats
- Rights Concerned
- Environmental rights defender
- Corporation (others)
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 24 August 2020, Sajeewa Chamikara, envrironmental defender, was asked fincnaicl compensation by the owner of a large-scale otel after reporting its adverse environmental impact in Colombo, Sri Lanka.