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Lanka’s HR defenders at risk

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Monday, 5 March 2012 20:21 No Comment]

Margaret Human Rights defenders in Sri Lanka are facing risks, Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders told the Human Rights Council today.

Speaking during the 19th session of the council in Geneva today (Monday) Sekaggya said that it had been brought to her notice that should human rights defenders in Sri Lanka seek the protection of her mandate they, their families and colleagues may be subject to reprisals.

“This ongoing situation combined with smear campaigns against defenders in the national media is of great concern to me,” she said.

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