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Urgent Action: 13 prisoners at risk of imminent execution

After 43 years without using the death penalty, the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, is reportedly planning to execute prisoners on death row. There is complete secrecy around identities of the prisoners who are expected to be imminently executed. No information about their case histories has been shared. It is unknown whether the individuals had fair trials, access to lawyers or whether they were able to engage in a meaningful clemency process. The last execution in Sri Lanka was in 1976. 2019 cannot be the year that we see this this progress reversed.

Take action.




Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Sinhala to:


Maithripala Sirisena 
Presidential Secretariat
Galle Face
Colombo 01
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fax: +94 (11) 2340340
Salutation: Dear H.E. President


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HER EXCELLENCY MS Manisha Gunasekera High Commissioner High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 13 Hyde Park Gardens W2 2LU 020 7262 1841 Fax 020 7262 7970

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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