Sri Lanka

Written Statement – HRC29, Item 3: Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka
18 June 2015 6:26 pm

Freedom of expression was heavily suppressed under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Journalists, media personnel, freedom of expression advocates and human rights defenders, as well as their families, lived and carried out their work under threats of death, serious injury, arrest, interrogation, intimidation and being discredited publicly. In the period described in this report, at least [ Read more ]

Written Statement – HRC29, Item 3: Freedom of Assembly and Association in Sri Lanka
6:15 pm

There were obstacles and threats to Freedom of Association and many obstructions to Freedom of Assembly under the rule of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. During the 8th January 2015 elections, President Rajapakse was unseated by the current President Maithripala Sirisena. Since then the freedom of assembly and association has seen some improvement, however, challenges still [ Read more ]

HRC29 Side Event: Religion Meets Rights, Addressing Key Issues & Challenges at the Intersections of Rights in Asia, 16 June 2015
12 June 2015 3:43 pm

FORUM-ASIA, together with Bytes for All, Association for Progressive Communications, Global Partners Digital, the Internet Democracy Project, KontraS and ICT Watch, recently organised a regional consultation on “Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia” on 3-5 June 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Over 140 people, comprised of experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion [ Read more ]

HRC28 Side Event: Political Transition, Democracy and Human Rights: The Experience in Burma and Sri Lanka
19 March 2015 5:15 pm

HRC28, Item 2: Annual Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary‐General – General Debate
5 March 2015 6:29 pm

28th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement Delivered by R Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 5 March 2015 Thank you Mr. President. The High Commissioner’s Annual report notes the creation of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) as tasked by this [ Read more ]

Written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council: Challenges to Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Sri Lanka in 2014
25 February 2015 2:02 pm

In 2014 Sri Lankan human rights defenders (HRDs) faced a number violations as enumerated below. A new government is in place after elections in January 2015 and it has made some positive commitments on investigating past reprisals against HRDs and journalists. Despite some such positive signs it’s not clear yet if the culture of impunity [ Read more ]

Statement – Asian Solidarity Conference for Accountability and Justice in Sri Lanka
16 February 2015 4:03 pm

Asian Solidarity Conference for Accountability and Justice in Sri Lanka Bangkok, 31 January-1 February 2015 We, more than 60 human rights defenders and civil society activists from 17 countries across Asia gathered in Bangkok to discuss and express solidarity for accountability and justice in Sri Lanka; Paying tribute to all those who struggled and continue [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Asian States and Civil Society Must Come Together at the UN Human Right Council to Ensure Accountability and Justice in Sri Lanka
14 February 2015 12:12 pm

(Colombo/Bangkok, 17 February 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Asia Democracy Network (ADN) called on Asian governments and civil society to work together to ensure accountability and justice in Sri Lanka. Earlier this month, about 60 human rights defenders and civil society activists from 17 countries across Asia [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: No justice 5 years after abduction and killing of Pattani Razeek
11 February 2015 6:25 pm

Five years on and despite repeated calls for independent, impartial and effective investigations into the abduction and killing of human rights defender Pattani Razeek by his family and local, regional and international groups, the Sri Lankan government has failed to shed light on his case. On 11 February 2010, Pattani Razeek was last seen in [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: The Government Must Herald Reforms on Accountability, Justice and Human Rights
20 January 2015 12:36 pm

(Bangkok, 20 January 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), welcomed the successful conclusion of the 8th Presidential elections in Sri Lanka. The country has seen turmoil for many decades, the last decade in particular being one of the most trying of times. It is hoped that the recent election of [ Read more ]