Human Rights Watch says that severe repression is being carried out through the emergency law in Sri Lanka

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Sri Lankan gove ment is using emergency regulations to harass and arbitrarily detain activists seeking political reform and accountability for the country's economic crisis.

Since Ranil Wickremesinghe was swo in as President on July 21, 2022, the police and the military have tried to suppress protests through intimidation, searches, and arbitrary arrests of protesters, civil society activists, lawyers, and jou alists, HRW organization said. said in a statement.

Anti-gove ment protests in Colombo and other parts of the country caused then President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to flee the country before resigning on July 15.
On July 22, President Wickremesinghe ordered the security forces to disperse the protesters and dismantle their headquarters in central Colombo.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) further states that the police appear to be targeting protest leaders for subsequent arrest and detention.