Urgent Action: Writer faces up to 10 years jail for story
Shakthika Sathkumara, an award-winning Sri Lankan writer, was arrested on 1 April 2019, for writing a short story and sharing it on his Facebook profile. The fictional story he shared was about life in Buddhist temple, that allegedly hinted at child sexual abuse. He faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty as he is charged under Section 3(1) of ICCPR Act and Art. 291(B) of the Penal Code of Sri Lanka, which deals with propagating hatred and incitement of racial or religious violence. Detained for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, Shakthika Sathkumara is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released and all charges against him dropped.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 9 SEPTEMBER 2019
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Attorney General Mr. Dappula de Livera
Attorney General’s Department
Fax: +94 112 436421
Salutation: Dear Mr de Livera
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HER EXCELLENCY MISS MANISHA GUNASEKERA High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 13 Hyde Park Gardens W2 2LU Tel: 020 7262 1841 Fax: 020 7262 7970 firstname.lastname@example.org
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