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HRC27- Item 2 & 10 General Debate: High Commissioner’s update on Sri Lanka
25 September 2014 11:44 pm

Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 25 September 2014 Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA welcomes the High Commissioner’s update on Sri Lanka. Incidents in the six months following the last resolution by this Council on Sri Lanka (A/HRC/25/1)[1] strongly suggest that a climate of fear [ Read more ]

Expression of Concern at Exclusion of Sri Lankan Activists at International Conference
18 September 2014 6:21 pm

Letter to H.E   Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka H.E Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka “Temple Trees” 15/5 Baladaksha Mawatha Colombo 03 Sri Lanka                                                                                                   16 September 2014 Excellency, I write to you on behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in relation to the international conference on [ Read more ]

Joint Letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council and to Ambassador Pandukabhaya Aryasinha of Sri Lanka on Reprisals Against Sri Lankan Human Rights Defenders
25 August 2014 6:03 pm

To: H.E. Baudelaire Ndong Ella, President of the UN Human Rights Council H.E. Ravinatha Pandukabhaya Aryasinha, Permanent Representative ofSri Lanka CC: Madam Navinethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights H.E. Katerina Sequensova, Vice President/Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council H.E. Alberto D’Alotto, Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council H.E. Maurizio Enrico [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: UN Resolution a Significant Step towards Truth, Accountability and Justice
28 March 2014 6:33 pm

For Immediate Release  Sri Lanka: UN Resolution a Significant Step towards Truth, Accountability and Justice Government Urged to End Ongoing Attacks on Human Rights Defenders (Bangkok/Geneva, 28 March 2014): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights NGO, welcomed the adoption of the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on [ Read more ]

Item 2: Annual Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary‐General (OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka) ‐ General Debate
26 March 2014 11:12 am

Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)  Wednesday, 26 March 2014 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. We reiterate our call for an independent, international [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka by South Based Civil Society Organisations
19 March 2014 2:20 pm

To: Member States of the UN Human Rights Council Excellencies, We call your attention to Sri Lanka as human rights groups based in the global South. In the past few years several calls have been made for independent, international investigations on allegations of international human rights and humanitarian law violations in Sri Lanka. Notably many [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Free Prominent Rights Defenders – Arrests of Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen are Attempts to Silence Critics
17 March 2014 5:59 pm

The arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent human rights defenders is an attempt to silence criticism and divert the spotlight from ongoing abuses, leading global and Asian human rights monitors said today in a joint statement. The statement was issued by Amnesty International, Forum Asia, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the International [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: WHRD-IC Statement on the Smear Campaign and Threats against Nimalka Fernando
27 November 2013 1:45 pm

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) is deeply concerned about the threats made to Dr. Nimalka Fernando’s life during a broadcast on the state-owned radio station, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) on 4 November. The radio programme, Rata Yana Atha (The way country is forging ahead) played fragments of an interview [ Read more ]

Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention – General Debate
17 September 2013 6:52 pm

Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 17 September 2013 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA remains deeply concerned at the increased involvement of the Sri Lankan military in the civilian administration of the Northern and Eastern provinces.[1] Ongoing military presence has had disruptive [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay regarding Her Impending Visit to Sri Lanka on 25-31 August 2013
30 July 2013 1:48 pm

Ms. Navanethem Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland Fax: +41 (0)22 917 9008 Email: npillay@ohchr.org CC: Mr. Hanny Megally, Chief of the APMENA Branch, OHCHR Mr. Rory Mungoven, Head of the Asia-Pacific Division, OHCHR The [ Read more ]