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Physicians for Human Rights Calls for the Release of Sri Lankan Doctors
Date:5/18/2009

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) demands the immediate release of three Sri Lankan physicians whom the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) detained on May 16, 2009.

Cambridge, MA (Vocus) May 18, 2009 -- Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) demands the immediate release of three Sri Lankan physicians whom the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) detained on May 16, 2009. A Minister of Health official stated on May 18 that government forces handed over the physicians to police. Their current condition and whereabouts remain unknown; however, authorities may have taken two of the physicians to the Terrorist Investigation Division in Colombo. PHR fears Sri Lankan security forces will use excessive force or torture in retaliation against them for providing detailed information about government shelling and civilian casualties in the conflict zone to outside media and human rights organizations. The Sri Lankan Prevention of Terrorism Act grants security forces broad arrest and detention prerogatives.

"Physicians for Human Rights is deeply concerned about the arrest and incommunicado detention without charges of our three Sri Lankan colleagues," stated Frank Donaghue, PHR's CEO. "We have no information on the three men's conditions of confinement, but we fear for their health and safety. We call on the Sri Lankan government to release the doctors immediately, and to respect their rights to legal counsel and to receive medical care as well as family visits."

"Because our sources on the ground report that health workers are being killed during government bombings of medical facilities, and because our sources also r
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