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Amnesty International calls for ‘urgent action’ over Jaffna students

Amnesty International has called for “urgent action” to release four students taken into police custody by Sri Lanka, as reports of more arrests emerged earlier on Thursday.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the human rights group stated that,

“There are concerns for their well-being given evidence of the persistent use of torture in TID custody”

The group went on to say that during the peaceful protest that Jaffna University students held on the 28th of November,

“At least 20 undergraduates were injured and beaten by riot police and officers in civilian dress”.

See the full statement here.

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