Sri Lanka

From Our Member Law & Society Trust, Sri Lanka – Report: A Snapshot of the Criminal Justice System: Building a Picture Through Sexual Violence Cases in the Court of Appeal
2 May 2018 3:44 pm

The Law & Society Trust, Sri Lanka is pleased to publish “A Snapshot of the Criminal Justice System: Building a Picture Through Sexual Violence Cases in the Court of Appeal” by Shenali De Silva. In the current environment of transitional justice in Sri Lanka, there is an inevitable focus on considering the criminal justice system [ Read more ]

From Ruki Fernando of Our Member INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre, Sri Lanka – Story: Iranaitheevu: a community reclaims their island home from the Navy
11:56 am

Ruki Fernando of our member INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre recently followed a community from the Iranaitheevu twin islands in Sri Lanka which was trying to reclaim their island home from the Navy. He recounts his journey: On the morning of April 23, 2018, about 300 people from the Iranaitheevu twin islands decided to sail there [ Read more ]

HRC37 Oral Statement on Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka
22 March 2018 4:11 pm

37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 22 March 2018 [ Read more ]

HRC37 Oral Statement at Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka
20 March 2018 10:20 am

37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)  Monday, 19 March 2018 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA notes that the government of Sri Lanka has accepted 177 out of 232 [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Lift state of emergency immediately and restore fundamental freedoms and rights of the people
17 March 2018 6:49 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 17 March 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to immediately lift the state of emergency. If it is still in force by 20th March, it will have to come before Parliament to decide on further extension. In this case, FORUM-ASIA calls on [ Read more ]

HRC36 Oral Statement on Human Rights Situations in Several Asian Countries
13 September 2017 10:43 am

36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2 General Debate: Oral Update by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 12 September 2017 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the Oral Update by the UN [ Read more ]

From our Member, Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka – New Paper on Prosecuting War-Related Rape and Sexual Violence Against Women in Sri Lanka
7 August 2017 12:04 pm

FORUM-ASIA member Law & Society Trust published a new paper: Prosecuting War-Related Rape and Sexual Violence Against Women in Sri Lanka. The paper draws on feminist perspectives of these questions and contestations to highlight some of the challenges for feminist activism in relation to prosecuting such crimes against women through a judicial mechanism in Sri [ Read more ]

HRC35 Side Event: Freedom of Expression in South Asia
13 June 2017 6:34 pm

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Freedom of expression continues to be under threat in South Asia. Restrictive legislation, criminal defamation, abduction, digital surveillance, killings and threats from rising extremism are some of the trends that plagued have freedom of expression in South Asia. The side event will [ Read more ]

From our Member Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka – The Politics of Criminal Justice Reforms in Times of Transitional Justice
9 June 2017 5:49 pm

FORUM-ASIA member Law & Society Trust published a report: The Politics of Criminal Justice Reforms in Times of Transitional Justice. This report seeks to place criminal justice reforms at the center of ongoing transitional justice debates and discussions in Sri Lanka.   It argues that it is dangerous to discuss criminal accountability and the special [ Read more ]

From our Member Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka – New Commentary ‘Biting the Bullet – Demilitarising Economic Relations in Post-War Sri Lanka’
9 May 2017 11:30 am

Law and Society Trust published a new commentary, ‘Biting the Bullet – Demilitarising Economic Relations in Post-War Sri Lanka’. The commentary focuses on the post-war legacy of links between private companies or private capital, both investment and philanthropic, and the military in Sri Lanka. In considering these relatively under-explored dimensions of militarisation, it underlines that [ Read more ]