Sri Lanka

HRC32 Side Event – Accountability and Good Governance in Sri Lanka
22 June 2016 11:32 am

HRC32 Joint Open Letter on Sri Lanka to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
21 June 2016 10:42 am

To: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Dear High Commissioner, Subject: Open letter on the oral update on Sri Lanka at the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council We write to you ahead of your oral update to the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka. October 1, 2015 marked an important [ Read more ]

Recognizing the Struggle: State’s responsibility towards the Families of the Missing in Sri Lanka – An event by the Law and Society Trust
17 March 2016 3:48 pm

Sri Lanka has a long history of enforced disappearances dating back to the 1970s yet no legislation has been put in place criminalizing the act or towards protecting the rights of the families of the disappeared. No Commission has been successful in providing the answers the families have been looking for. Almost all of them [ Read more ]

HRC30 Oral Statement – Interactive Dialogue with UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence and the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances
18 September 2015 4:42 pm

30th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff and the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances Joint oral statement by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Pax Romana, [ Read more ]

HRC30 Side Event – Bloggers Under Attack in South Asia, 18 September 2015
17 September 2015 6:24 pm

Blogging in South Asia can be a dangerous enterprise. In the last year, 4 bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh, while a number of others have been targeted across the region in various ways simply for expressing their views online. Both state and non-state actors share responsibility for this climate of fear and intimidation. A [ Read more ]

OHCHR Releases its Reports on Sri Lanka: A Milestone in the Quest for Justice and Accountability in Sri Lanka
17 September 2015 5:24 pm

(Geneva, 17 September 2015) – Yesterday the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released the long-awaited Report of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka and the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). OISL investigated alleged gross violations and abuses [ Read more ]

HRC30 Side Event: Enforced Disappearences in Sri Lanka, 18 September 2015
16 September 2015 6:10 pm

The side event  at the 30th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council – “Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka” – will address the issue of enforced and involuntary disappearances in Sri Lanka. Enforced and involuntary disappearances are one of the major human rights challenges in transitional justice processes in Sri Lanka.  Mr. Luciano Andres [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Joint Open Letter to the Ambassadors of UN Human Rights Council Member States
3 July 2015 10:50 am

To: Ambassadors of UN Human Rights Council Member States Subject: Open Letter on Sri Lanka Dear Excellencies, The dissolution of Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Saturday and the announcement of fresh Parliamentary elections has renewed international attention on the country. We take this opportunity to note that the ongoing 29th session of the UN Human Rights [ Read more ]

Written Statement – HRC29, Item 3: Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka
18 June 2015 6:26 pm

Freedom of expression was heavily suppressed under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Journalists, media personnel, freedom of expression advocates and human rights defenders, as well as their families, lived and carried out their work under threats of death, serious injury, arrest, interrogation, intimidation and being discredited publicly. In the period described in this report, at least [ Read more ]

Written Statement – HRC29, Item 3: Freedom of Assembly and Association in Sri Lanka
18 June 2015 6:15 pm

There were obstacles and threats to Freedom of Association and many obstructions to Freedom of Assembly under the rule of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. During the 8th January 2015 elections, President Rajapakse was unseated by the current President Maithripala Sirisena. Since then the freedom of assembly and association has seen some improvement, however, challenges still [ Read more ]