Posted on 05.25.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Over 13 human rights organizations demanded to release the poet Ahnaf Jazeem detained by the police over a year ago. However, the authorities failed to bring any charges against him.
A young poet and a teacher Ahnaf arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of police connection to the Good Friday bombing.
Ahnaf’s lawyer pointed out that the police has forcefully tried to record a statement while he was in custody. He also denied acquiring a lawyer at the beginning of his detention.
Ahnaf’s latest poetry publication has not banned in the country yet, and the book displays to the public even in countrywide government libraries.
The police were given the powers to detain a person for over 18 months without charges under the newly activated terrorism Act. However, the kind of action leads to further develop the terrorism ideology in the society, the human rights organizations argue.
JDS, PEN International, Amnesty International, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice, International Truth & Justice Project, Australian Centre for International Justice, Human Rights Watch, Article 19, FREEMUSE, Centre for Justice and Accountability, IMADR, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) and The International Working Group have demanded the government to release Ahnaf immediately.