Category: Sri Lanka

2014 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award Ceremony

The annual Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADHRA) was established by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in 2006 to encourage individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting and protecting human rights through peaceful means in Asia. The 2014 ADHRA will be presented to Centre for Human Rights and Development of Sri Lanka to recognize their dedication...

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities

Published in www.crisisgroup.org website on Dec. 9 :: Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election promises more competition than was initially anticipated. But with that comes a great risk of violence. Long-term stability and post-war reconciliation can only be achieved through a peaceful election resulting in a government committed to serving the interests of all Sri Lankans. “The opposition’s attempt to reopen...

State racism and sexism in post-war Sri Lanka

Published in www.opendemocracy.net on Nov. 10 by Chulani Kodikara :: Central to the resurgence of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in post-war Sri Lanka is a redefinition of gender role and identities. Familial ideology is a key pillar of this discourse with serious adverse implications for women and gender equality. The bloody end to Sri Lanka’s civil war in May 2009 inaugurated...

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SRI LANKA: UN Chief supports Zeid’s views on SL

Published in the Daily Mirror on Nov. 11 :: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has supported the views of UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Sri Lanka and agreed with Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate in the investigations on alleged war crimes and human rights abuses. “The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid...

SRI LANKA: Earthslip disaster highlights the neglects of plantation Tamil community

Published in The National Peace Council website :: The landslide that buried an entire village on Meeriyabedda Estate in Haldamulla, a tea plantation in Sri Lanka’s central hills is a tragic reminder of a marginalized ethnic minority and the failure of the democratic political system to address their needs. The plantation Tamil people have been discriminated against from the time of...

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SRI LANKA: UN Committee raises several concerns

Published in The Colombo Gazette on Oct. 30:: The UN Human Rights Committee, while taking note of some positive developments in Sri Lanka, also raised several concerns and proposed recommendations in its concluding observations made today on the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka. The Committee considered the fifth periodic report submitted by Sri Lanka at its meetings held on...

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SRI LANKA: Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow

Published in The Colombo Page :: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013, Commonwealth said in a release today. The Secretary-General will...

SRI LANKA: Nine Pakistani refugees attacked in Negombo

Published in The Daily Mirror on Oct. 22 :: Nine Pakistani refugees who were sheltered in a church at Negombo were attacked following an argument and were admitted to the Negombo Hospital, police said. Police said a Pakistani child who had gone to the beach had got into an argument with a Sri Lankan boy, after which a group had...