Sri Lanka

Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention – General Debate
17 September 2013 6:52 pm

Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 17 September 2013 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA remains deeply concerned at the increased involvement of the Sri Lankan military in the civilian administration of the Northern and Eastern provinces.[1] Ongoing military presence has had disruptive [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay regarding Her Impending Visit to Sri Lanka on 25-31 August 2013
30 July 2013 1:48 pm

Ms. Navanethem Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland Fax: +41 (0)22 917 9008 Email: npillay@ohchr.org CC: Mr. Hanny Megally, Chief of the APMENA Branch, OHCHR Mr. Rory Mungoven, Head of the Asia-Pacific Division, OHCHR The [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Asian States Must Reconsider Their Stand on International Human Rights Protection
25 March 2013 3:24 pm

(Bangkok, 25 March 2013) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 47 member organisations from 16 countries across Asia, welcomes the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council (Council) resolution on “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka” (A/HRC/22/L.1), with 25 out of the 47 member [ Read more ]

22nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Sri Lanka
19 March 2013 4:55 pm

Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA makes this statement in association with its member organisations in Sri Lanka, Law and Society Trust (LST) and INFORM-Human Rights Documentation Centre.[1] We express our disappointment with the manner in which the [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Three years on – No progress into abduction and killing of human rights defender Pattani Razeek
12 February 2013 12:17 pm

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group representing 47 human rights organizations from 16 Asian countries including Sri Lanka, has expressed its deep frustration in a statement issued to mark the three years of the abduction and killing of human rights defender Pattani Razeek. Pattani Razeek, who was the [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Sliding further down the road of total authoritarian rule – Impeachment of Chief Justice and appointment of Mr. Mohan Peiris as the new Chief Justice
16 January 2013 5:47 pm

The impeachment of the first women Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke and the appointment of Mohan Peiris as the new Chief Justice is a serious blow to the independence of the judiciary and the functioning of democracy in Sri Lanka, said Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights organization representing 47 [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Impeachment motion against the Chief Justice further deteriorates the rule of law and independence of judiciary
7 November 2012 10:40 am

(Bangkok, 6 November 2012) – Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights organization representing 49 non-governmental organizations across Asia, expressed its grave concern at the pending impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke, in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. The move to impeach the Chief Justice was made on [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Open Letter to the Commonwealth Secretary-General
25 September 2012 2:51 pm

Dear Secretary-General, When Commonwealth countries announced at the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM) in Australia that Sri Lanka could host CHOGM 2013, they agreed to actively promote and uphold the fundamental values and principles of the Commonwealth, including human rights and the rule of law. We therefore urge you to press for adequate and [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Release of key suspects in the killing of Human Rights Defender Pattani Razeek questionable (Bangkok, 31 July 2012)
31 July 2012 4:56 pm

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the news of the release of Nawshaad, one of the key suspects of the abduction and killing of human rights defender Mr. Pattani Razeek in Sri Lanka. “We fear that the release of the key suspect may lead to interference of the evidence [ Read more ]

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 ]