Media activists have accused Sri Lankan law and enforcement agencies of using International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), an Untied Nations law on hate speech to crack down on media freedom and country’s Muslim minority. Recently, journalist was arrested for his writing on anti-Muslim riots and Buddhist extremists under Sri Lanka's laws compliant to International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
About International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights (ICCPR)
It is a multilateral treaty adopted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through resolution 2200A (XXI) in December 1966, and came in force in March 1976. It commits its parties to respect civil and political rights of individuals, including right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.
It is part of International Bill of Human Rights, along with International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It is monitored by the United Nations Human Rights Committee. It has 172 parties and six more signatories without ratification,