Sri Lanka

HRC30 Side Event – Bloggers Under Attack in South Asia, 18 September 2015
17 September 2015 6:24 pm

Blogging in South Asia can be a dangerous enterprise. In the last year, 4 bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh, while a number of others have been targeted across the region in various ways simply for expressing their views online. Both state and non-state actors share responsibility for this climate of fear and intimidation. A [ Read more ]

OHCHR Releases its Reports on Sri Lanka: A Milestone in the Quest for Justice and Accountability in Sri Lanka
5:24 pm

(Geneva, 17 September 2015) – Yesterday the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released the long-awaited Report of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka and the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). OISL investigated alleged gross violations and abuses [ Read more ]

HRC30 Side Event: Enforced Disappearences in Sri Lanka, 18 September 2015
16 September 2015 6:10 pm

The side event  at the 30th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council – “Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka” – will address the issue of enforced and involuntary disappearances in Sri Lanka. Enforced and involuntary disappearances are one of the major human rights challenges in transitional justice processes in Sri Lanka.  Mr. Luciano Andres [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Joint Open Letter to the Ambassadors of UN Human Rights Council Member States
3 July 2015 10:50 am

To: Ambassadors of UN Human Rights Council Member States Subject: Open Letter on Sri Lanka Dear Excellencies, The dissolution of Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Saturday and the announcement of fresh Parliamentary elections has renewed international attention on the country. We take this opportunity to note that the ongoing 29th session of the UN Human Rights [ Read more ]

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
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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 ]