Sri Lanka media group condemns threats against human rights defenders

Oct 23, 2008 (LBO) – A Sri Lanka media rights group has condemned more deaths threats against human rights activists and lawyers and demanded a police investigation.

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The Free Media Movement (FMM) said in a statement the government should condemn the continuing blatant death threats against human rights activists and lawyers in Sri Lanka.

“The FMM is deeply disturbed by the contents of a letter posted to leading human rights defenders and lawyers, as well as given to all Court Registrars to be handed over to lawyers who appear for human rights cases,” it said.

“The letter clearly states that lawyers who defend human rights cases will be summarily killed or receive life-threatening injuries.”

The FMM said it was concerned that the letter may instigate more violence against human rights defenders and those who appear in the defence of those such as journalist J S Tissainayagam, who stands accused of terrorism.

Tissainayagam has been detained without trial for several months.

The FMM noted that the new letter threat comes jus