Attack on HRC office aimed at destroying files, say police
The Police said that last Wednesday’s attempts to set fire to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) offices were aimed at destroying sensitive files at the place.

The HRC office was ransacked, files pulled out and set on fire last Wednesday. Police believe the incident took place either late on Tuesday night or in the early hours of the next day.

Meanwhile, HRC Chairperson Radhika Coomaraswamy said she doesn’t know who could be behind this incident. “I cannot say who is behind the incident. There were some staff in the building at the time, but I don’t think they are capable of committing such an act. At the same time, we are dealing with sensitive issues like extra-judicial killings. We really cannot comment on it now.”

She said all sections were locked but the lock in the section which deals with educational matters was broken. However, no sensitive documents were ransacked, she said. “Our files relating to sensitive issues were not disturbed as they are stored in another building,” she said.

The HRC had appointed an independent internal committee headed by the HRC Secretary to investigate the incident and review security plans. The committee was expected to submit a report after two weeks.

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