SL should end intimidation and threats against human rights defenders: AI

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The Sri Lankan Government should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats against the lives and physical security of lawyers, activists, human rights defenders and journalists, a statement issued by ten international human rights organisations said yesterday.   

 

The statement was signed by Amnesty International, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, FIDH & OMCT, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, International Service for Human Rights, Reporters Without Borders and South Asians for Human Rights.   
They said a campaign of fear has intensified since the 2019 presidential election, and has cast a shadow over the 2020 parliamentary election campaign as well.  The statement said serving and retired military officers have been appointed to a slew of senior government roles previously held by civilians. 

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