Sri Lanka, Sept. 16 -- The Core Group on Sri Lanka at the UN on Tuesday said instances of intimidation, harassment and surveillance continue, including threats to families of disappeared persons in Sri Lanka.

UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French said this in a statement delivered to the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Ambassador French delivered the statement on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group on Sri Lanka. She said they continue to hear concerns about an increasingly difficult operating environment for civil society and human rights groups in Sri Lanka.

"Individuals are detained indefinitely without appearance before court, such as lawyer Hejaz Hizbull...