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Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka Catholic priest gets death threats from fake intelligence officers
Two men accused Fr SS Johnpillai, parish priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe, of celebrating a Mass in honour of the founder of the Tamil Tigers. Although the priest denied the claim, his attackers put a gun to his head. Without showing any identity papers, the two men said they were with Special Forces and that they had come to question him. Sri Lanka's military denies any involvement.
03/03/2009 PAKISTAN – SRI LANKA
Lahore, armed command attacks Sri Lankan cricket team
The death toll, so far, eight people dead and six others injured. The victims are security officers and passers-by. Lahore police report that the terrorist’s were armed and trained for the attack. The Punjab governor links the attack to the Mumbai massacre “for the arms used and the way it was carried out”. A Christian activist describes it as “enormously damaging” for the nation.
23/07/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Navy officers rape two children aged 11 and 9
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reports two separate attacks, but both in the north of the country. Their parents were threatened and the seven soldiers released on bail.
01/09/2007 SRI LANKA
Targeted by the military, a journalist’s life is at risk
Defence expert Iqbal Athas, denounces the military’s shadowy purchase of fighter planes. Police withdraw security guard and a colleague is threatened by army officer.
06/07/2012 SRI LANKA
Christians defend Buddhist professor after he receives death threats
Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, president of the Federation of University Teachers' Association (FUTA), criticised the government's education policy. Persons unknown threatened him. The Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM) called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of thought to all citizens.
19/03/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, priest and human rights activist released: "Prayer can do anything"
Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen Maheshan were released this morning after three days of detention for "terrorism". They speak to AsiaNews about their detention and thank the Church and civil society for their support: "Now freedom for the other political prisoners".
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