Sunila Abeysekera is a prominent, award winning human rights defender, and a staunch ally of Women Living Under Muslim Laws International Solidarity Network since we started. Sunila has dedicated her scholarship and activism to women’s rights, minority rights, conflict transformation and peace building in the Asian region. For some years, Sunila has been targeted by state officials as a “result of her work defending the human rights of Sri Lankans, demanding state accountability and calling for investigations into human rights abuses committed by state actors”.
In March 2012, an article published on the State-sponsored Lanka C News website accusing her of working with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist militant organization, provoked disturbing reactions, including “calls for her to be killed and her house burnt to the ground.” Sunila is still unable to return to Sri Lanka or be reunited with her family.
Please join us in signing the petition to call on the Sri Lankan government to end its harassment and anti-human rights defenders campaign, and to support Sunila and all human rights activists affected by this crackdown.
— Message from Muslim Women Living Under Muslim Laws Solidarity Network