Sri Lanka must end its aggressive campaign against Ruki Fernando, Father Praveen and other human rights defenders, activists, journalists, lawyers and others: Amnesty International oral statement to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Index Number: ASA 37/007/2014

Amnesty International was pleased to learn of the release from custody in Sri Lanka of internationally-respected human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan, a Catholic priest. However, the organization remains deeply concerned about the welfare of other lesser known activists – including families of the disappeared – as the Government of Sri Lanka continues its crackdown on dissent, which appears to be aimed at intimidating and punishing those who attempt to communicate concerns about human rights violations in Sri Lanka to the United Nations.

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