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Sri Lanka: Old ghosts in new garb: Sri Lanka’s return to fear

Index Number: ASA 37/3659/2021

The Sri Lankan government has launched a renewed crackdown on dissent. Civil society organizations and human rights defenders are under renewed attack and face numerous challenges to operate freely and safely. In only a year after a new government came into power in 2019, the authorities have escalated this into a full assault on dissent where a climate of fear and censorship has quickly expanded around the country, targeting key voices critical of the government and those pursuing justice for human rights violations.

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