Amnesty seeks urgent action to free Sri Lankan in Maldives

Amnesty International has sought urgent action to free a Sri Lankan detained in the Maldives.

In an urgent appeal, Amnesty International noted that Lahiru Manikkuadura, a Sri Lankan citizen, has been detained in the Maldives without a trial date since September 2016 and, following recent and restrictive changes in legal procedures, is being denied any access to his lawyer.

Amnesty notes that deplorable prison conditions have further raised serious concerns for his health and well-being.

“Release Lahiru Manikkuadura unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that he has committed an internationally recognized offence, he is remanded by an independent court and is promptly granted a fair trial in line with international law and standards. Immediately provide adequate medical treatment to Lahiru Manikkuadura according to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules), Rules 24-7. Ensure that Lahiru Manikkuadura has immediate, confidential and frequent access to a lawyer as well as frequent access to his family and, call for all religious coercion to stop and for him to be allowed to exercise his right to freedom of religion,” Amnesty International said in the urgent appeal. (Colombo Gazette)