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Conviction of Gnanasara Thera a victory for HR defenders: AI

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The conviction of a Buddhist monk who had threatened the well-known campaigner against enforced disappearances, Sandhya Eknaligoda, is a victory for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International (AI) said today.

A magistrate’s court in Homagama handed down a six months’ sentence and a heavy fine to Galagodatte Gnanasara Thero for threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda in court, when she appeared in 2016 to pursue justice for the enforced disappearance of her husband, the famed Sri Lankan cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

“This is an important verdict for all people who fight for human rights in Sri Lanka. A clear message has gone out to those who seek to intimidate, threaten and silence people seeking justice,” said Omar Waraich, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South Asia.

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  • Don Friday, 15 June 2018 08:53 AM

    These are the positives of Yahapalanaya what ever said and done.. we never heard these sorts of verdicts in SL. Yes the supporters of this monk is protesting against the verdict and blaming the government.. y is that? If individual development doesn’t take place, soon SL will become another Somalia

    NUWAN Friday, 15 June 2018 09:12 AM

    Bullshit

    Citizen G Friday, 15 June 2018 09:12 AM

    Many would be glad if the justice is equal for all the ethnics. Seems it’s not sadly.. those who voice against the destruction happening to the nation and to its masses are kept shut to satisfy these NGOs who were the main cause for many destructions to our Mather land.

    Jayamini Perera Friday, 15 June 2018 10:28 AM

    What destruction and which NGOs are you talking about?

    robert Friday, 15 June 2018 02:54 PM

    don't blame the NGO's for the destruction caused by your politicians

    Rohitha Friday, 15 June 2018 09:16 AM

    Finally, wheels of justice turning again in Sri Lanka!

    CLEAR MESSAGE Friday, 15 June 2018 09:19 AM

    " A clear message has gone out to those who seek to intimidate, threaten and silence people: - It is also a clear message - in case there are moves to pardon him OR to allow him to relax in prison hospital.

    WHEELS OF JUSTICE Friday, 15 June 2018 09:31 AM

    However much one hides behind powerful individuals to get away from crimes - the wheels of justice grind slowly but surely.

    ANTON Friday, 15 June 2018 10:29 AM

    THEN WE'LL CALL IT JUSTICE OF WHEELS

    confused Friday, 15 June 2018 10:09 AM

    Where can I find the cartoons drawn by the so called famed cartoonist?

    alex Friday, 15 June 2018 02:55 PM

    please google

    Message to DM Friday, 15 June 2018 01:45 PM

    Please do not limit the number of comments. Let all know now how everyone has positivily reacted to this judgement

    Ceylon Friday, 15 June 2018 02:14 PM

    He is not a thera anymore.he is a convicted criminal.prisoner in a jail,suffering from punishments for his crimes.

    Brainmaster Friday, 15 June 2018 02:10 PM

    He is a fake monk and he should be removed. He is full of racism. I was there when he agitated in Alutgama. via DM Android App

    gaman Friday, 15 June 2018 02:56 PM

    fake monk??? but has real followers

    victor Friday, 15 June 2018 02:24 PM

    REALLY A GOOD JUDGMENT, CAN ANY ONE GET ON TO A YELLOW ROBE AN DO ALL DIRTY WORK IN SRI LANKA

    Mahela Friday, 15 June 2018 02:46 PM

    appeal has gone to high courts, wait for the drama to complete, he may be bailed out again by high court judges, bribe can work better than justice in Banana Republic


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