Sri Lanka

20th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention – General Debate (Burma & Sri Lanka)
4 July 2012 4:40 pm

Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 28 June 2012 Thank you, Madame President. FORUM-ASIA expresses its concern at the lack of any substantial progress made by the Sri Lankan government in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations. The government [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Stop threats and incitement of violence against human rights defenders who engaged at the UN Human Rights Council
28 March 2012 3:39 pm

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding threats, harassment, intimidation, vilification and incitement to violence against Sri Lankan human rights defenders in connection with their views on accountability issues in Sri Lanka. These threats are part of a hate campaign directed against human rights defenders who have engaged with the 19th regular session of [ Read more ]

19th HRC Regular Session – Sri Lanka: Awakening Call from the International Community
22 March 2012 10:12 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 49 member organisations in 17 countries across Asia, has welcomed the resolution on “promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka”, which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (Council) today with 24 States voting in favor, 8 abstentions and [ Read more ]

19th HRC Regular Session – Written Statement on Sri Lanka: Land grabbing and development-induced displacement
14 March 2012 1:32 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), in association with three Sri Lankan non-governmental organisations[1], draws the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council to the alarming trend violations of the rights to adequate housing, land and property in post-war Sri Lanka. The government of Sri Lanka‟s push for “development” is playing [ Read more ]

19th HRC Regular Session – Oral Statement on Sri Lanka Item 4: General Debate
12:00 pm

FORUM-ASIA would like to draw the Council’s attention to the emerging trends of land grabbing and development-induced displacement in post-war Sri Lanka. Contrary to Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe’s portrayal during the High-level Segment about the progress in the “removal of military from facilitation of civil administration in the north making land previously used for security purposes [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Still No Justice for Razeek After Two Years of His Abduction and Killing
13 February 2012 11:59 am

(Bangkok, 13 February 2012) The Sri Lankan government must make available the post-mortem report and the DNA test report of human rights defender, P. Razeek to the court, the family and the lawyer of Razeek’s family soonest possible, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) that marked the second anniversary of the [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Appeal to surface two missing human rights defenders
23 December 2011 2:26 pm

FORUM-ASIA received information that Mr. Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Mr. Kugan Muruganandan have been missing since 9 December 2011. The two HRDs were last seen leaving the house of Mr. Muruganandan in Avarangal, Jaffna, North Sri Lanka. Mr. Lalith Kumar Weeraraj is a prominent human rights defender mainly working on disappearances in the north and [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Joint Civil Society Letter to Commonwealth Heads of Government
20 October 2011 10:48 am

Subject: Sri Lanka as the host of CHOGM 2013 Dear Commonwealth Heads of Governments, This letter follows an earlier letter on this subject that many of us jointly wrote to Commonwealth Foreign Ministers, prior to their meeting in New York on 22 September 2011. In the absence of any public pronouncement by Foreign Ministers on [ Read more ]

18th HRC Regular Session: Oral Statement on Burma and Sri Lanka
23 September 2011 10:10 am

18th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention – General Debate Thank you, Madam President. FORUM-ASIA wishes to sustain this Council’s attention to the distressing situation along the eastern border of Burma/Myanmar as gross violations of human rights are ongoing, particularly land confiscation, forcible [ Read more ]

18th HRC Regular Session: Accountability in Sri Lanka – Joint NGO Letter to President of the UN Human Rights Council
16 September 2011 8:20 pm

H.E. Laura Dupuy Lasserre President of the United Nations Human Rights Council Email: hrcpresidency@ohchr.org Fax: +41-(0)22-917-0490 CC: Member States of the Human Rights Council Geneva, 16 September 2011 Your Excellency, The undersigned non-governmental human rights organisations write this letter to you in your capacity as President of the Human Rights Council to appeal for your [ Read more ]