AI appeals on behalf of Tissainayagam and the Jasikarans

Statement by Amnesty International USA

Amnesty International considers the detained Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his legitimate work as a journalist. AI calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

With respect to the detained Sri Lankan writer and publisher, Vettivel Jasikaran, and his wife, Valarmathi Jasikaran, AI calls on the Sri Lankan government to provide them with a fair, prompt and public trial in accordance with international standards, and to treat them humanely while they are in detention.

Please visit Amnesty USA-Sri Lanka Action page and send appeals to the Sri Lankan government on behalf of J.S. Tissainayagam and Vettivel & Valarmathi Jasikaran. You will also find at that website an online action on behalf of the Sri Lankan human rights lawyer, J.C. Weliamuna; please take action on his behalf as well. Thank you for your consideration.

[Full Text of Statement by Amnesty International]

[Journalist J.S. Tissainayagam (C) is escorted to High Court by prison officers in Colombo November 5, 2008, pic: Buddhika Weerasinghe, via Yahoo! News]