Sri Lankan Government’s Crackdown on Protesters Must End
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 authorities sought to crush this dissent through militarized intimidation, smear campaigns that demonize protestors and the weaponization of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which has been used to detain protestors on trumped-up terror charges.
People have the right to express discontent peacefully and the state has an obligation to facilitate this right. Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe must immediately stop the repression, intimidation and reprisals against peaceful protestors. The Sri Lankan government must protect the right to protest.
Send a message to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, Mahinda Samarasinghe, urging them to work with the President of Sri Lanka to repeal the PTA and ensure no legislation is used to target dissent or prevent peaceful protest.
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