Sri Lanka: Joint statement to end arbitrary arrests, reprisals against human rights defenders and activists advocating for education rights in Sri Lanka

Index Number: ASA 37/4800/2021

Nine human rights organizations strongly condemn the ongoing persecution and reprisals by Sri Lankan authorities against student leaders, labour union leaders, teachers, academics, and others involved in recent protests against education policies in the country. Sri Lankan authorities have responded to the expression of dissent, protests and the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly with arbitrary arrests, intimidation, and a campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting the work of students, teachers, academics, and union activists.

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