Sri Lankans must push the government to fulfill its undertakings

Successive Sri Lankan governments have ratified various international human rights’ treaties, but they are still being found wanting on home turf. These treaties include provisions against torture, discrimination, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention. They protect freedom of expression, assembly, association and religion as well as rights to equality…

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Human Rights Watch says Sri Lanka should be urged to adopt timeline for action

Human Rights Watch has said countries should press the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding Sri Lanka for a time-bound action plan on reforms during its third Universal Periodic Review, which begins today (November 15, 2017). The rights group said in a statement that successive Sri Lankan governments, including under President Maithripala Sirisena,…

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Tamil civil society groups call on international community to ‘re-prioritise accountability and justice’ in Sri Lanka

Civil society groups across the North-East highlighted the feature published in the Associated Press last week detailing recent reports of torture and rape of Tamils by Sri Lankan authorities and called on the international community to “re-prioritize accountability and justice for atrocity crimes committed during and after the armed conflict…

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SAHR vehemently condemns the assault on the Rohingya refugees by the extremist Sinhala nationalist force led by Buddhist monks in Colombo, Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders vehemently condemns the assault on the Rohingya refugees by the extremist Sinhala nationalist force led by Buddhist monks in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Rohingya refugees were attacked on 27 September 2017 in Colombo while they were under…

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