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Passive Resistance in front of UN Office demanding immediate release of IUSF detainees

A passive resistance (Sathyagraha) was organised in front of the United Nations Office in Colombo today (11) demanding the immediate release of the members of the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) who were arrested under the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

The campaigners urged that IUSF Convener Wasantha Mudalige and Ven. Galewewa Siridhamma Thero of the Inter-University Bhikku Federation (IUBF) be immediately released. The two were arrested by the Police under the PTA.

Meanwhile, the passive resistance campaigners handed over a letter the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer-Hamdy. As she herself arrived in the premises, Ms. Singer informed the campaigners that the United Nations is following the case and will take necessary measures in compliance with the letter.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka granted leave to proceed with the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition that was filed pertaining to the arrest of Mudalige. The Supreme Court ordered that the Police should produce the IUSF Convener before Court.


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