Sri Lanka

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: Protect Free Trade Zone workers and abide by treaty obligations
14 June 2021 2:36 pm

(Bangkok, 14 June 2021) – The Government of Sri Lanka and factory owners must heed calls from civil society organisations (CSOs) and trade unions urging the protection of Free Trade Zone (FTZ) workers from COVID-19 amid a surge of infections. ‘In line with its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: Constitutional amendment a blow to human rights; rights groups call for special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission
11 May 2021 11:00 am

(Bangkok/Geneva, 11 May 2021) – A recent amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution grossly undermines the credibility of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), raising questions on the Commission’s compliance to international standards, the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions and its member the Law and Society Trust said in a joint [ Read more ]

HRC46 Oral Statement on Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
17 March 2021 5:38 pm

46th regular of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)  Friday, 12 March 2021      Madam President, We welcome the Secretary-General’s update on the [ Read more ]

HRC46 Oral Statement on Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the promotion of reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka
25 February 2021 5:52 pm

46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the promotion of reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 24 February 2021     Madam [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Coalition of 22 Organizations Calls for New UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in Sri Lanka
24 February 2021 11:10 am

February 22, 2021 Re: Coalition of 22 Organizations Calls for New UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in Sri Lanka To the Member States of the Human Rights Council: We, the undersigned organizations, urge the Member States of the Human Rights Council to pass a strong resolution at the [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: UN report calls for international action on accountability and human rights
2 February 2021 12:19 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 2 February 2021) — The UN Human Rights Council must act urgently to ensure accountability and address the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), following the release of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report[1] on reconciliation, accountability and human rights in [ Read more ]

From our member Law and Society Trust (LST), Sri Lanka – A Story of Change: South Asian Youth for Inclusive Development: Empowering Individuals; Strengthening Communities
6 December 2020 5:25 pm

South Asian Youth for Inclusive Development: Empowering Individuals; Strengthening Communities (YIELD) was an action research that was implemented in India and Bangladesh from January 2018 to July 2020. In India, Misaal Foundation built a network of youth from minority Muslim communities and in Bangladesh, Bandhu Social Welfare Society built a network of youth from sexuality [ Read more ]

Report: Human Rights in South Asia in Times of Pandemic
25 November 2020 4:00 pm

  The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time considered to be the biggest public health crisis in recent history and has presented a tremendous challenge to our societies. Globally, the pandemic has caused immense health and socio-economic problems. More than 59 million people have tested positive for the virus with [ Read more ]

From Our Member Right to Life Human Rights Centre (R2L), Sri Lanka – Correct Messaging is Vital to Fight Covid-19
9 November 2020 6:35 pm

The sudden rise in the number of cases of Covid-19 has caused serious community concerns. Given the devastation that is being caused by the dangerous pandemic, prevention requires even more than eternal vigilance. Anything done to create complacency among the people works in favour of the virus. The art of war against this kind of [ Read more ]

From Our Member Law & Society Trust, Sri Lanka – PTA: Terrorising Sri Lanka for 42 years
8 November 2020 3:53 pm

Socio-economic and psychological impact on families of PTA detainees following the Easter Sunday Attacks, Sri Lanka Introduction This research was undertaken to highlight the socio-economic impacts faced by the families of those arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).The PTA has predominately targeted men belonging to ethnic and religious minorities (Tamils and [ Read more ]