Sri Lanka

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
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(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 ]

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
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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 ]