Philippines: Human rights defender in punitive detention should be released

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about reports that detained Philippine Senator Leila de Lima has been held in conditions that excessively restrict visits to her and her communication with the outside world for over a month. The organization calls on Philippine authorities to end disproportionate restrictions imposed on Senator de Lima; allow her to reasonably communicate with her family, staff, lawyers, advisors and doctors; and enable her to carry out her duties as an elected legislator and as a human rights defender. She is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression, and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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