Rights group says Sri Lanka harassed, intimidated protesters | app

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group says the Sri Lankan government is using emergency laws to harass and arbitrarily detain protesters demanding political reform and accountability amid the economic crisis of the island country.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday that the Sri Lankan military was seeking to limit protests through intimidation, surveillance and arbitrary arrests of protesters, activists, lawyers and journalists since President Ranil Wickremesinghe took office last month.

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