from Grassroots International
In February 2012, the Sri Lankan government increased fuel prices – sparking outrage and public protests that led to the death of a fisherman by police officers. Government officials, quick to shift the blame, accused organizations working with fishing communities of organizing the protests and thus being responsible for the violence that ensued.
Herman Kumara’s involvement with fisherfolk communities as leader of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement of Sri Lanka has made him a target for a media smear campaign, repeated threats, intimidation, and surveillance.
Herman and his wife have filed a complaint with the authorities. The police have yet to begin investigating, which is why we need your help.
I hope you’ll join us in standing in solidarity with Herman and demanding Sri Lankan authorities investigate the threats.