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MALDIVES: Nasheed held in Male under anti-terror law

Published in The Hindu on Feb. 23 :: Mr. Nasheed was arrested to stand trial for his 2012 order as President to arrest Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed. Just days after he appealed to India to intervene in the ongoing crackdown on cases of alleged treason and terrorism by the Maldives government of President Yameen, former President Mohammad Nasheed was...

Persecution of Human Rights Defenders in South Asia SAHR statement of concern

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a democratic regional network, expresses grave concern over the recent spate of threats, intimidation and targeted persecution of human rights defenders in the region by state and other entities. This statement is issued in the immediate aftermath of the arrest and subsequent granting of anticipatory bail of Indian human rights activists Teesta Setalvad and...

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Pakistan, India should sign ‘no-arrest policy’ for fishermen: PFF

Published in The Daily Times on Feb. 15 :: Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) has demanded an amicable resolution of fishermen’s detention on both Pakistan and Indian sides and urged authorities concerned to release them on humanitarian grounds. Chairman PFF Muhammad Ali Shah talking to a group of women journalists who visited coastal area of Deh Aatharki, Shah Bander district Sujawal...

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SRI LANKA: Lanka Report On The Agenda

Published in The Sunday Leader by Easwaran Rutnam :: The Sri Lankan Government has been pushing for the report on the investigations over the war, scheduled to be submitted at the UN Human Rights Council on March 25, to be deferred, but the report is still on the agenda. The Council will hold its twenty-eighth session from 2 to 27...

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SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s Political Moment – II

Published in The Colombo Telegraph on Feb. 16 by Harendra Alwis :: A transformation of the political agenda Despite many detailed analysis of Sri Lanka’s present political moment by a myriad experts, two of its significant aspects have so far been all but overlooked. It is perhaps to be expected that the visible change of regime that took place on...

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SRI LANKA: Online Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka

Published in The Ground Views on Feb. 13 :: Introduction The tension between the burgeoning technological capacities for bothexpression and repression online is a global phenomenon, compounded by the absence of a dedicated international legal framework that sets out obligations for states with regard to the protections of freedom of expression online. Within this context, Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable:...

INDIA: [Sign Petition] Citizens in Solidarity with Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand

Published in India Resists on Feb. 12 :: Must Read: goo.gl/UGSARd We are shocked to learn of the rejection of the Anticipatory bail applications of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand by the Gujarat High Court. Media stories suggest that the bail applications have been turned down because Setalavad and Anand were “not cooperating with the investigations” and that prima facie “funds...

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INDIA: The Case against Teesta Setalvad or the Gujarat Model of Vindictive Action

Published in India Resists on Feb. 12 :: As the hearing in the anticipatory bail applications of Teesta Setalvad, Javed Anand and three survivors of the Gulberg society massacre, Tanvir Jafri, Salim Sandhi and Firoz Gulzar Pathan comes up on July 9, 2014, IndiaResists.com recapitulates the case against the activists. A study of the affidavits and counter-affidavits shows a vindictive state...

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SRI LANKA: Rebuilding Institutions in the Transition from Soft Authoritarianism

Published in The Island on Feb. 09 by Jayadewa Uyangoda :: A political goal that warrants sustained attention of the new Sri Lankan government as well as the democratic reform constituencies is the rebuilding of public institutions of democratic governance, accountability, autonomy, and checks and balances. Democratic governance requires the presence of institutions of governance that are strong enough to...