Category: Press Statements – Sri Lanka

SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam

24 March 2014 SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) mourns the death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam, human rights activist, Attorney-at-Law and former Bureau Member of SAHR, who passed away on 22 March 2014. She is also a founder member of the Foundations for Peace (FfP) network – a worldwide network of community...

SAHR Condemns the arrest of Mr. Ruki Fernando and other human rights defenders in an open letter to the President of Sri Lanka

ANANTA RAJ LUITEL 18 March 2014 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo 1 SAHR Condemns the arrest of Mr. Ruki Fernando and other human rights defenders in an open letter to the President of Sri Lanka Your Excellency, South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a network of human rights defenders based in seven countries in...

SAHR expresses great concern over the threat to the life of Dr. Nimalka Fernando

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) expresses great concern over the threat made to Dr. Nimalka Fernando’s life. This threat was made on the radio programme titled “Rata Yana Atha” broadcasted on a Commercial Channel of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, a State owned media channel. It is deplorable that a State owned media channel would encourage such threats on...

SAHR Vehemently Condemns the Arbitrary Arrest of Human Rights Activist Adilur Rahman Khan

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) vehemently condemns the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, a Senior Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and a former Deputy Attorney General who currently holds office as Secretary of Odhikar, a Bangladeshi Human Rights Organization. We are concerned that the Chief Metropolitan Court of Bangladesh initially allowed a five-day remand to...

SAHR condemns the execution of Rizana Nafeek

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) condemns the execution of Rizana Nafeek, and expresses grave concern about the continuing vulnerability experienced by many migrant workers from South Asian countries. Rizana was 17 years old when she traveled to Saudi Arabia, under forged documents, to be employed as a domestic worker. The child in her care died, and while she claimed...

SAHR Statement on the International Day of the Disappeared, 2012

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) joins human rights activists around the World in commemorating the International Day of the Disappeared. The practice by State actors of forcibly disappearing and illegally detaining someone, without acknowledging their arrest or whereabouts, places the victim outside the protection of the law and is often linked to the crimes of torture and extra-judicial killings.

SAHR Statement on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26th June 2012 South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) joins human rights activists around the World, in commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This year, the day marks the 25th anniversary of United Nations Convention Against Torture coming into effect. Despite the fact that this Convention has been in force for a quarter century, only 147...

Statement Issued by SAHR on International Women’s Day 2012

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, joins the messages of solidarity expressed throughout the world to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2012. This year, International Women’s Day is inspired by the theme of “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”. While this is a day for solidarity among women and...

SAHR expresses concern over the coup in the Maldives

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) expresses its concern over recent developments in Maldives, which have seen former President Nasheed step down, in what he and others have described as a coup. Reports suggest that Mr Nasheed’s resignation follow violent protests that appear to be triggered by the arrest of a senior judge Abdulla Mohamed as well as the resignation...

Statement Addressed to the SAARC Heads of State by Members of SAHR on the occasion of the SAARC Summit Meeting at Addu – Maldives 10th-11th November 2011

On behalf of the members of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a democratic regional network of human rights defenders committed to the protection and promotion of human rights at both national and regional levels, we welcome the convening of the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Addu, Maldives from 10th–11th November 2011. The formation of...