Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis in its post-independence history, with shortages of food, fuel and medicine causing untold hardship on the population.  A widespread protest movement emerged earlier this year, which led to a change of government in July.  Over the last few months, the new government has resorted to the unlawful use of force, intimidation and harassment to subdue the protest movement and has arrested protest organizers.  The new President and members of the governing party have referred to protesters as “terrorists” and “fascists.”  Amnesty International is calling on the government to respect the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly.


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