Fifteen years of social media activism against racism and regression in Muslim society is no longer possible due to prevalent threats and dangers, said writer Ramzy Razeek.
“What I wrote before I got arrested cannot be written now. I have to think a lot before writing,” said Raseek who had been kept behind bars for five months by misusing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Also a retired public servant, he was speaking at the launch of a study report on ICCPR’s use and misuse organized by Right to Life on March 23 at the BMICH in Colombo.
He was arrested in April 2020 by the CID over an article he had written that called for a struggle to eliminate all forms of racism against Muslims.
Releasing him 161 later in September 2020, the Colombo High Court said laws are there to safeguard the freedom of expression.
Razeek noted that there should be the right to religion as well the right to criticize a religion.
Former Bar Association president Saliya Pieris also attended the report’s launch.