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Sri Lanka: Former police investigator jailed with COVID-19: Shani Abeysekara

, Index number: ASA 37/3403/2020

Shani Abeysekara, the former director of the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigations Department (CID) tested positive for COVID-19 on 24 November 2020. According to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, he was recently transferred to a remote prisoner treatment centre, reportedly against his wishes and without his family being informed of his health situation or whereabouts. Detained since 31 July 2020, his family believes that he is being targeted for exposing human rights abuses implicating top politicians. There is grave concern for his life, safety, health and wellbeing as he suffers from existing heart conditions and diabetes. Sri Lankan authorities must immediately provide him access to immediate and proper medical care, and regular access to his family members.