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Sri Lanka: An award winning writer charged under ICCPR for publishing a story of sex abuse

Shakthika Sathkumara, a award winning  writer, has been arrested by the police  and charged under ICCPR for insulting Buddhism and remanded for 19 days on 1st of April 2019. Shakthika Sathkumara has won several awards for his short stories and has published 5 books. The short stroy in question is called “arda” (Half) was published on the Facebook.

Sathkumara was arrested  upon a complaint made by Buddhist monk in the Polgahawela area, produced before the the Polgaawela Magistrate  and  remanded.

The monk who made the complaint is a leading figure of the Buddhist Information Centre, which has requested IGP to ban his up coming short story book under the ICCPR.

Number of Sri Lankan rights activists have expressed their concern over the use of ICCPR by the police in this case.


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