Amnesty: Sri Lanka gov't acting harsher on critics

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 12:04 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Amnesty International says the Sri Lankan government is intensifying a crackdown on its critics though harassment, imprisonment and violent attacks.

The rights group says journalists, the judiciary, human rights activists and opposition politicians have been targeted in "government-sanctioned abuse, often involving the security forces or their proxies."

The report was released Tuesday.

Sri Lanka's government has been criticized as failing to conduct proper investigations on attacks and arrest the culprits.

At least 15 journalists have been killed in Sri Lanka since 2006.

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