The United States Embassy is disturbed by the series of threats and attacks against legal defenders, civil society organizations and activists who have spoken out on recent events.  The right to express opinions freely is universal and one that is protected under Sri Lankan law.      We urge the Government of Sri Lanka protect this fundamental right and ensure that all citizens are able to express their opinions without fear of retribution.   # # # January 22, 2013: Arun Arokianathan Public Diplomacy Office of the American Embassy 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3 Sri Lanka. Phone: 94-11-2498151 Fax: 94-11-2449070 Mobile: 94- 77 7324921 Email: ArokianathanA@state.gov]]>

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