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Joseph Stalin’s arrest : UN special rapporteur concerned “Work of Human Rights Defenders must be supported and not punished”

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Mary Lawlor has questioned the arrest of General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Teachers’ Union Joseph Stalin.

Stalin was arrested yesterday on charges of conducting an anti-government protest, violating a court order. 

“I’m hearing disturbing reports from Sri Lanka that prominent Human Rights Defender, Joseph Stalin, was arrested at 6 pm this evening,” she said in a Twitter message yesterday.

Mary Lawlor further said the work of Human Rights Defenders like Joseph has been more important than ever in recent weeks.

She added that such work of Human Rights Defenders must be supported and not punished. (NewsWire)

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