A Muslim poet, Ahnaf Jazeem, has been designated further by the Sri Lankan government.
Jazeem, whose penname is Mannaramuthu Ahnaf, is included in a list of 301 persons and 15 organizations in gazette extraordinary 2335/16 issued by defence secretary Kamal Gunaratne on 08 June.
His lawyer Sanjaya Wilson Jayasekara, in a tweet, said Jazeem cannot find a job and is now farming thanks to his arbitrary inclusion in the ‘terrorist list’ by Sri Lanka’s ruling class.
Remember, UNWGAD found his arrest violates human rights, intimidation continues. Free Ahaf now, the lawyer also said.
Arrested on 16 May 2020 under the PTA over ‘Nawarasam’, a collection of poems written by him, Jazeem was kept in remand custody for 579 days before being released on bail.