Category: Sri Lanka

AI Launches New Campaign On Lanka

Published in The Sunday Leader ::  Amnesty International (AI) has launched a new campaign for human rights in Sri Lanka called “#OurFuture” which features posters in Sinhala, Tamil and English with some compelling images. The posters were displayed at the UN in Geneva, where the UN Human Rights Committee recently reviewed Sri Lanka’s implementation of its obligations under the International...

Human Rights Committee considers report of Sri Lanka

Published in ohchr.org on Oct. 08 :: The Human Rights Committee today completed its consideration of the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka on its implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Presenting the report, Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to United Nations Office at Geneva, said although LTTE terrorist group was...

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Sri Lanka: UN review highlights empty rights promises

Published in amnesty.org on Oct. 07 :: Sri Lanka must stop making empty promises to the international community and the Sri Lankan people on improving the country’s still desperate human rights situation, Amnesty International said ahead of a UN review of the country’s rights record. The UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, will on 7 and 8 October...

UN to review SL

Published in The Daily Mirror on Oct. 02 :: Sri Lanka’s human rights record is due to be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee next week during which issues pertaining to rights of persons belonging to minorities, violence against women and counter terrorism measures are due to be discussed. The review scheduled for October 7 and 8 is happening...

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Rajani: Right is might

Published in The Sunday Times on Sep. 21 by Namini Wijedasa :: Remembering a Jaffna academic, who is still an inspiration to all who fight for human rights, twenty-five years after she was gunned down by the LTTE. It was near 7 pm and the light was fading. Most residents of Jaffna knew better than to loiter in the streets....

Need To Protect Victims And Witnesses

Published in The Sunday Leader on Sep. 14 :: The Bill on ‘Assistance to and protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses’ which safeguards the rights of victims and witnesses had been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in December 2013. However, it was gazetted on 8 August 2014. According to the government, the law so enacted will create a...

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UN chief awaits Sri Lanka’s response

Published in The Colombo Gazette on Sep. 11: UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon has noted that the Sri Lankan Government is yet to respond to a joint communication sent on 27 March 2014 by three special procedures mandate holders relating to the harassment of human rights defenders. In his annual report submitted to the 27th session of the UN Human...

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Sunila Abeysekera Commemoration: Speech by Nimalka Fernando

Published in GroundViews.org on Sep. 09 :: State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights Defenders Sunila Abeysekera Commemoration, September 9th 2014 We as individual human rights activists, as well as  the human rights community as a whole greatly miss Sunila today.   As we struggle to grapple with myriads of contemporary challenges we miss her indomitable character, and  energy.  As we gather...

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Probe on SL is of great importance-new UNHRC Chief

Published in The Daily Mirror on Sep. 06 by Lakna Paranamana :: The new UN Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan has remarked that he attaches great importance to the investigation on Sri Lanka led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) while urging the Lankan authorities to cooperate with the investigation....

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Healing through humanisation: A reflection on Just Reconciliation

Published in GroundViews on Sep. 05 :: Photo courtesy Sri Lanka Campaign :: History concealed    An acquaintance returned from a recent visit to Jaffna to announce it as one of the best holidays she had ever had. The hotels were good, the food delicious, there were numerous places to visit and of course the roads were excellent. The oral tradition My...