Activist seized from lawyer's car in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

The abduction of activists and relief workers has undercut the message of compromise and reconciliation from the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, rights groups said yesterday.

They highlighted the kidnapping of Stephen Sunthararaj, of the centre for human rights and development in Colombo, snatched by men in military uniform on 7 May while in his lawyer's car in the capital. He had just been released without charge from police custody as there was no evidence implicating him in any offence, was abducted a few hours later, and has not been seen since. Amnesty International fears he was seized because of his work.

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