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President Maithripala Sirisena
Presidential Secretariat
Colombo 1
SRI LANKA

 

Heerhugowaard, datum

 

Your Excellency,

 

I am writing you as a person who is also in his own country concerned with the respect of Human Rights. Please allow me to draw Your attention to the case of

 

PRAGEETH EKNALIGODA
and
SANDYA EKNALIGODA

 

I am deeply concerned about Sri Lankan journalist and political analyst PRAGEETH EKNALIGODA who disappeared on January 24, 2010. His wife, SANDYA EKNALIGODA, has since then campaigned to get the government to account for his whereabouts, including filing a habeas corpus case in court. She was threatened outside the court in January 2016. The person who threatened her was convicted of contempt of court in May this year. Following his conviction, SANDYA EKNALIGODA was subjected to harassment and death threats on social media.

 

I call on you to investigate the disappearance of PRAGEETH EKNALIGODA, make the results public and hold those responsible for his disappearance accountable. I also urge you to investigate the threats against SANDYA EKNALIGODA and take appropriate action to protect her.

 

Finally, I call on you to end the climate of impunity that has allowed a long campaign of intimidation and violence against independent journalists in Sri Lanka.

 

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. I am kindly awaiting your reply.

 

Yours sincerely and respectfully,



 

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