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Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka, Catholic priest and human rights activist arrested
The police deny everything, but the detainees warned others they were being taken away via text message. The two had asked for information on the whereabouts of a Tamil woman and her 13 year old daughter, arrested on suspicion of "hiding a criminal in their house". Their fate remains unknown.
18/03/2014 SRI LANKA
Slamming the arrest of a priest and an activist, Church calls for their immediate release
The Christians Solidarity Movement (CSM) and the National Catholic Commission for Justice, Peace and Human Development strongly condemn the arrest of Fr Praveen OMI and Ruki Fernando.
21/09/2006 SRI LANKA
Catholic Church alarmed country might fall "into a state of anarchy"
The archbishop of Colombo voices local clergy's concerns about the escalating violence in the country's north-east, calling on the authorities to shed light on the disappearance of Fr Jim Brown.
12/12/2009 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Negombo fishermen protesting against government and police
On the Day for the Defence of Human Rights 500 members of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement and other associations in the fisheries sector have demonstrated against illegal fishing and the inaction of government and police. For them Colombo’s policies encourages the logic of profit and the development of tourism at the expense of small fishermen.
21/03/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Freed Catholic activists “forbidden to speak to press or leave country"
At the request of the Anti- terrorism Department (TID), a court in Colombo issues a restraining order for Fr. Praveen Maheshan and Ruki Fernando. They will also have to hand over their computers and phones. The two had been arrested for having asked to see an arrested Tamil activist. Priest of the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM): "Why does our country prevent us from practicing our faith?".
08/03/2013 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan police stop hundreds of Tamils from taking part in peaceful protest
The people blocked (75% women) were from the north and went to Colombo to protest against enforced disappearances. Police and army speak of "security reasons", but witnesses tell of threats.
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