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Demand Sri Lanka’s government complies with human rights standards

The people of Sri Lanka are bearing the brunt of a collapsing economy. Government corruption and impunity have imperiled lives and livelihoods, and squandered the country’s resources. In March 2022, Sri Lankans across the country responded with protests and calls for accountability.

The Sri Lankan government responded to these largely peaceful protests with excessive and unnecessary force and used a draconian anti-terror law, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), to crack down on protesters.

People in Sri Lanka have the right to take peaceful action and make their voices heard. The United States must use all diplomatic means to ensure the government of Sri Lanka protects the right to peaceful protest and refrains from detaining peaceful demonstrators, student activists and journalists (among others) under the PTA.

The PTA has been used for over four decades to enable prolonged arbitrary detention, extract false confessions through torture, and target minority communities and political dissidents in Sri Lanka. We can’t allow these human rights violations to be swept under the rug. The repeal of the PTA is long overdue.

Send a message to your members of Congress asking them to call for the immediate repeal of the PTA.


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