Sri Lankan police free 2 rights activists

2014-03-19 14:03


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Colombo - Sri Lankan police say they've released two prominent human rights activists whose arrest drew international criticism.

Police spokesperson Ajith Rohana says Ruki Fernando of Colombo-based INFORM and the Reverend Praveen Mahesan, a Catholic priest, were released late on Tuesday.

Their arrest on Sunday drew wide criticism from international rights monitors and the United States. Rights groups said the arrest was arbitrary and an attempt to silence criticism in the country.

On Wednesday, nearly two dozen rights and trade union activists protested against the arrest and urged the government to ensure the safety of rights defenders.

Sri Lanka faces criticism for cracking down on rights activists and failing to probe abuses committed during its civil war, which ended in 2009.
Read more on:    sri lanka

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.