COLOMBO, July 18, 2014 - People attend a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 17, 2014. Dozens of members belonging to Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) protested in Sri Lanka's capital on Thursday, demanding the government end its suppression of activists, an official said Friday. The protest came after Sri Lanka's powerful Defense Ministry run by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother Defense Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on July 7 issued a directive to outlaw press conferences and media statements by NGOs operating in the country.

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