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Sri Lanka: Free prominent human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen

Headline Title:  Sri Lanka: Free prominent human rights defenders 17 March 2014 The arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent human rights defenders is an attempt to silence criticism and divert the spotlight from ongoing abuses, leading global and Asian human rights monitors said today in a joint statement.The statement was issued by Amnesty International, Forum Asia, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the International Commission of Jurists. Ruki Fernando of the Colombo-based INFORM and Father Praveen Mahesan, a Catholic priest, were arrested in Kilinochchi…

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