Sri Lanka: Joint statement on the ongoing trial of rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah

Lawyer and defender of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka Hejaaz Hizbullah, who was arbitrarily detained for almost two years, continues to face judicial harassment. He is due to appear in court on July 14, 2023 for his next hearing. Associations supporting lawyers and human rights organisations, including the FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, are expressing their concern over potential violations of his rights to due process and fair trial.