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‘This is a serious threat' warned detained Tamil campaigner in interview to C4 last month

Jeyakumari in her video to Channel 4


Tamil campaigner Balendra Jeyakumari, who was arrested along with her 13-year-old daughter Vipoosika under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, warned of unknown people following her home and threatening her, in a video sent to Channel 4 last month.

Channel 4 revealed earlier today that Ms. Jeyakumari had sent a video where she warned of unknown persons looking for and following her. She told the British broadcaster,

"Unknown faces follow me and track me whenever I go home after protests. [To me, in my mind, this frightens me]."

“This is a serious threat. We are terrified to live here.”

“I gladly give this interview to Channel 4 to publicise my plight.”

Callum Macrae, director of the acclaimed documentary “No Fire Zone: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, stated,

“They (Sri Lanka) are under enormous scrutiny… and yet they still seem to think that in the north where the Tamils live, they can act with impunity, that they can simply arrest prominent human rights defenders and get away with it.”

Ms. Jeyakumari, and Vipoosika during a protest last November.

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