Sri Lanka: student leaders receive death threats for joining protestEvent
- Sri Lanka
- Initial Date
- Aug 3, 2021
- Event Description
Confronted with a series of setbacks in addition to the failure in containing the devastating pandemic outbreak and economic crisis, the Sri Lankan government has launched a chilling crackdown on students and teachers in the Sinhala dominated south protesting militarisation of higher education. The crackdown has met with stiff opposition from academics as well as non-academics who have warned the government of consequences.
A leading activist Dr. Mahim Mendis of the Open University had been threatened over the phone for speaking at FUTA protest on August 3rd: “When I came home, someone called me to say that they don’t like what I said. Since then, I’ve been receiving threats,” he told JDS.
Police have also threatened former leaders of IUSF with death and hostage taking.
“I am receiving calls from the telephone number 072 5167782 saying - we won’t let you live in peace, at some point we will abduct you- and I am afraid to lodge a complaint as the police are also in the lookout for me,” said ex IUSF Convener and Buddhist Monk Rathkarawwe Jinarthana Thero.
The Centre for the Protection of Public Assets and Human Rights, an alliance of more than a dozen trade unions and grassroots activists condemned the government’s repressive action as a death blow to the freedom of expression. In a statement to the press the organisation said that the governments repressive action drives people to street protests notwithstanding the threat posed by the Covid19 pandemic.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Death threat
- Intimidation and Threats
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to Protest
- Suspected state
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 3 August 2021, Dr. Mahim Mendis Rathkarawwe Jinarthana Thero, student leaders, received death threats via phone call by unknown numbers fir joining the ongoing protests against the militarisation of education in Colombo, Sri Lanka.