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Amnesty Int’l names Hizbullah ‘prisoner of conscience’

BY Pamodi Waravita

Amnesty International South Asia yesterday (15) named detained lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah as being a “prisoner of conscience” and called for his immediate release. 

Hizbullah, a human rights lawyer and activist, was arrested on 14 April 2020 under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 48 of 1979 (PTA) for allegedly being involved in the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, although he was only charged a year later in March.

A fundamental rights (FR) petition was filed by Attorney-at-Law Erick Balasooriya against the alleged coercion of two moulavis to frame Hizbullah last month. 

The Chevening Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (CAASL) also condemned the arbitrary detention of Hizbullah last month and called for his immediate release, requesting Chevening Alumni around the world to write to Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickramaratne regarding the matter.