Feels like paradise? This is the Sri Lanka the authorities don’t want you to see.
In June, we launched our Tell the Truth campaign, calling on Sri Lanka to come clean about its appalling record of torture, killings and other human rights abuses – and stop them.
Last week, we brought you Dr Manoharan’s account of his son’s killing by Sri Lanka’s security forces. After challenging the government’s version of events in his son’s case, Dr Manoharan received death threats and fled the country with his family.
He and his son are not the only ones to have suffered at the hands of the authorities. Across the country, journalists, lawyers, grassroots activists – anyone who dares to criticize the authorities – risks jail, torture and disappearance every time they speak out. A climate of intolerance and fear has swept the island as the government’s stranglehold on the population grows ever tighter.
Sri Lanka can’t dodge the truth much longer. Its authorities have put a lot of effort into covering up killings, crushing dissent and whitewashing its post-war image to present a fresh new version of itself.
But these cosmetic applications are just that. The truth will out.
Help us get Sri Lanka’s authorities to tell the truth about past and present abuses, and stop them, by signing our petition – Dr Manoharan will present it to the UN in September.
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