Ensure safety and rights of Jaffna University students in Sri Lanka
At the center of a larger crackdown on the freedom of assembly and expression at Jaffna University are three student activists who have been held by the Terrorist Investigation Division of Sri Lanka since December 1st. On December 7th a fourth student was also taken in. These students, arrested after their protest against the suppression of peaceful Heroes Day and Karthikai Deepam (Hindu religious festival) remembrance activities, have yet to be charged with a recognizable criminal offense and there is concern for their well being while in custody. We petition to ensure their safety, their right to proper legal recourse, and the right of all Sri Lankans to express and assemble peacefully without fear of intimidation.
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