Sri Lanka: human rights lawyer temporarily detained for inquiring into the arrest of protestersEvent
- Sri Lanka
- Initial Date
- Jun 9, 2020
- Event Description
Sri Lankan police have released a Tamil lawyer who was arrested as she attempted to enquire into the detention of Black Lives Matter protestors, as clashes broke out in Colombo yesterday.
Swasthika Arulingam was reportedly detained by Sri Lankan police, though it remains unclear as to the grounds on which she was held and if charges are to be pursued.
Clashes broke out in Colombo yesterday as Sri Lankan police tangled with protestors from the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) who attempted to stage a demonstration outside the US Embassy in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sri Lankan police reportedly arrested up to 20 people at the protest, with Arulingam one of the detained. All have reportedly since been released.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Rights Concerned
- Right to information
- Right to liberty and security
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 9 June 2020, Swasthika Arulingam, human rights lawyer, was temporarily detained by the police for inquiring into the arrest of protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.