Sri Lanka

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 ]

Open letter to the SAARC Council of Ministers urging the establishment of a South Asia regional human rights mechanism
23 September 2020 6:17 pm

Date: 23 September 2020 To, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan H.E. Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh H.E. Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bhutan H.E Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, India H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minster of Foreign Affairs, Maldives H.E. Mr. Pradeep [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: Human Rights Under Attack – Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Arrested, Threatened, Intimidated
29 July 2020 12:10 pm

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Under Attack Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Arrested, Threatened, Intimidated 29 July 2020: The Sri Lankan government should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats against the lives and physical security of lawyers, activists, human rights defenders and journalists, 10 international human rights organizations said today. A campaign of fear [ Read more ]

HRC44 Oral Statement on Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
14 July 2020 2:25 pm

Joint Oral Statement[1]: 44th session of the Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Delivered by Budi Tjahjono 10 July 2020 Thank you, Madam President. As the Special Rapporteur’s report demonstrates,[2] the space for Sri Lankan civil society is rapidly [ Read more ]

States’ reaction to COVID-19 will shape the discourse on human rights for years to come
8 May 2020 7:18 pm

States’ reaction to COVID-19 will shape the discourse on human rights for years to come (Bangkok, 8 May 2020) – As COVID-19 intensifies inequalities, the way Governments respond to the pandemic now will alter and shape the human rights discourse for the years to come, experts and civil society leaders said in a webinar today. [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Proposals to ensure employee rights and wellbeing within the COVID 19 pandemic disaster situation and recovery process
24 April 2020 4:41 pm

Honorable Dinesh Gunawardena Minister of Foreign Affairs, Skills Development and Employment and Labour Relations Mehavara Piyasa Colombo 05 Honorable Minister, Proposals to ensure employee rights and wellbeing within the COVID 19 pandemic disaster situation and recovery process           As the labour unions and organizations that represent the export processing zone employees, firstly we wish to thank [ Read more ]

HRC43 Oral Statement on Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief
3 March 2020 10:33 am

43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3 – Interactive Dialogue with the SR on Freedom of Religion and Belief 3 March 2020 Delivered by Budi Tjahjono – Franciscans International Madam President, We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s report on Sri Lanka. We wish to highlight continuing attacks on freedom of religion and belief, [ Read more ]

HRC 43 Oral Statement on Item 2: General Debate on Reports and Oral Updates of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
28 February 2020 6:12 pm

Joint Oral Statement: 43rd session of the Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on reports and oral updates of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General   28 February 2020 Madam President, We are deeply concerned by indicators of a significant backsliding on human rights in Sri Lanka, underscored by the government using their address [ Read more ]

HRC 43 Side Event: Sri Lanka – A Failure of Justice
10:34 am

Date: Friday, 28 February 2020 Time: 13.00 – 14.00 (Geneva Time) Venue: Room XXIII, Palais des Nations