Sri Lanka

HRC28 Side Event: Political Transition, Democracy and Human Rights: The Experience in Burma and Sri Lanka
19 March 2015 5:15 pm

HRC28, Item 2: Annual Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary‐General – General Debate
5 March 2015 6:29 pm

28th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement Delivered by R Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 5 March 2015 Thank you Mr. President. The High Commissioner’s Annual report notes the creation of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) as tasked by this [ Read more ]

Written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council: Challenges to Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Sri Lanka in 2014
25 February 2015 2:02 pm

Introduction: In 2014 Sri Lankan HRDs faced a number violations as enumerated below. A new government is in place after elections in January 2015 and it has made some positive commitments on investigating past reprisals against HRDs and journalists. Despite some such positive signs it’s not clear yet if the culture of impunity in the [ Read more ]

Statement – Asian Solidarity Conference for Accountability and Justice in Sri Lanka
16 February 2015 4:03 pm

Asian Solidarity Conference for Accountability and Justice in Sri Lanka Bangkok, 31 January-1 February 2015 We, more than 60 human rights defenders and civil society activists from 17 countries across Asia gathered in Bangkok to discuss and express solidarity for accountability and justice in Sri Lanka; Paying tribute to all those who struggled and continue [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Asian States and civil society must come together at the UN Human Right Council to ensure accountability and justice in Sri Lanka
14 February 2015 12:12 pm

For Immediate Release (Colombo/Bangkok, 17 February 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Asia Democracy Network (ADN) called on Asian governments and civil society to work together to ensure accountability and justice in Sri Lanka. Earlier this month, about 60 human rights defenders and civil society activists from 17 [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: No justice 5 years after abduction and killing of Pattani Razeek
11 February 2015 6:25 pm

Five years on and despite repeated calls for independent, impartial and effective investigations into the abduction and killing of human rights defender Pattani Razeek by his family and local, regional and international groups, the Sri Lankan government has failed to shed light on his case. On 11 February 2010, Pattani Razeek was last seen in [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: The Government must Herald Reforms on Accountability, Justice and Human Rights
20 January 2015 12:36 pm

For Immediate Release (Bangkok, 20 January 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), welcomed the successful conclusion of the 8th Presidential elections in Sri Lanka. The country has seen turmoil for many decades, the last decade in particular being one of the most trying of times. It is hoped that the [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Statement – 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
17 December 2014 10:55 am

13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Statement delivered by Sunil Pal on behalf of   Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Mr President, Madame Prosecutor, Distinguished representatives of the ASP and civil society I have the distinct privilege to address you on [ Read more ]

Human Rights Committee NGO Briefing: Challenges and attacks against civil society in Sri Lanka
10 October 2014 6:35 pm

                                                                              7th October 2014 Thank you Mr. Chair, This is a joint statement by IMADR and FORUM-ASIA together with civil [ Read more ]

Human Rights Committee: Call on Sri Lanka to End Attacks and Reprisals Against Human Rights Defenders
6 October 2014 5:15 pm

Human rights defenders and others working to promote truth, justice and accountability in relation to a UN estimated 40,000 civilian deaths in Sri Lanka in 2009 alone face a systematic pattern of threats, harassment, intimidation and violence, according to a new report submitted to the UN by ISHR and FORUM-ASIA. The report, which is being [ Read more ]