Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Say no to death penalty
2 July 2019 1:30 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 2 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces Sri Lanka’s intention to reinstate the death penalty, as announced earlier this year by President, Maithripala Sirisena. Last Wednesday, on 26 June, he announced that he had signed the warrants for the execution of four convicted drug offenders. While [ Read more ]

HRC 41 Joint Oral Statement on Item 2: General debate on the High Commissioner’s update
26 June 2019 4:38 pm

41st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Joint Oral Statement: General Debate Item 2 Oral update by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 25 June 2019 Delivered by Fr Ashok Stephen OMI – Franciscans International Thank you Mr.  President, Franciscans International, International Movement against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) [ Read more ]

Joint Urgent Appeal to Provide Protection for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Sri Lanka
9 May 2019 4:15 pm

We, the undersigned organisations, write with concern for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers in Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks. Over 250 people were killed, and hundreds injured in the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, 2019. We condemn these attacks and call upon the authorities in Sri Lanka [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Withdraw the charges against Shakthika Sathkumara, Protect Free Expression
10 April 2019 5:47 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 April 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of award-winning, Sri Lankan novelist, Shakthika Sathkumara for writing a story about homosexuality and child abuse in the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka. Shakthika has been charged with inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights law [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Formally abolish the death penalty
11:43 am

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 10 April 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns and is deeply concerned over the announcement from the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena that dates have been set for the execution for drug offenders in the country. This would put an end to the country’s 43-year moratorium on [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Government must ensure the independence of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
28 March 2019 5:39 pm

Sri Lanka: Government must ensure the independence of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (Bangkok, 28 March 2019) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) expresses deep concern over the accusations made by the President and Members of the Parliament against the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL). ANNI [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Oral Statement on Item 2: Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka
21 March 2019 11:59 am

40th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 20 March 2019 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the report [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Joint Open Letter – Sri Lanka: Need for time-bound plan for implementation of commitments to the Human Rights Council
28 February 2019 10:53 am

February 25, 2019 Your Excellency, Sri Lanka: Need for time-bound plan for implementation of commitments to the Human Rights Council We write to seek your support in ensuring that the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC or Council) adopts a resolution at this 40th session to maintain scrutiny of Sri Lanka’s progress towards implementation of [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Side Event: Reconciliation, Accountability & Human Right in Sri Lanka
25 February 2019 3:32 pm

This event will address progress in implementing the Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 and required steps, in the format of presentations from human rights defenders from Sri Lanka and testimonies. Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019 Time: 13.30 – 14.30 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations Chair: Mr. Budi Tjahjono, Franciscans International Speakers: Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Centre for [ Read more ]

From Ruki Fernando of Our Member INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre, Sri Lanka – DISAPPEARANCES IN SRI LANKA: 500 DAYS OF PROTESTS
6 August 2018 12:27 pm

Ruki Fernando of our member INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre met with female activists who had been attacked or intimidated by the Sri Lankan authorities due to their work on disappearances, and visited the families of the disappeared who have been protested for more than 500 days in Vavuniya. Ruki recounted the struggles and challenges faced by [ Read more ]