Category: News from SAHR Desk

SAHR Publication: “In Custody: Law, Impunity and Prisoner Abuse in South Asia” is available for purchase!

“In Custody: Law, Impunity and Prisoner Abuse in South Asia”  published by South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) and SAGE Publications, India  can now be purchased online at http://www.sagepub.in/books/Book240610?siteId=sage-india&prodTypes=any&q=in+custody&fs=1 “In Custody examines the professed and actual commitment to custodial justice on the part of six South Asian countries. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have all been affected...

Remembering Sithie Tiruchelvam

by Ambika Satkunanathan Writing a tribute to Sithie Tiruchelvam is not an easy task. Sithie was an intensely private person who was averse to public, over-the-top displays of emotion and sentimentality. I am aware that a piece that says little about her private persona could sound impersonal, even clinical. I have therefore attempted to pay fitting tribute, not only to...

Joint Civil Society Memorandum to Commonwealth Heads of States

7th November 2013 – Colombo, New Town Hall We the undersigned civil society organizations who made joint submissions to the Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council in November 2012, will not be participating in the November 2013 Peoples’ Forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka. We...

NPC Citizens Peace Award 2012 to J.C. Weliamuna

The Citizens Peace Award was established in 2010 by the National Peace Council (NPC) to honour those Sri Lankan individuals in civil society who are resident in Sri Lanka and have stood up for the protection of and enforcement of human rights and fundamental rights when such rights are under threat and such action requires unusual courage and self-sacrifice to...

SAHR Publishes Annual Report for 2012

South Asians for Human Rights is pleased to announce the completion of its Annual Report for the year 2012. Key programme areas affecting the State, Democracy and Citizens have been detailed, together with summaries of SAHR’s annual activities – that include the issuance of press statements to the media, the updating of news alerts concerning human rights from the South...

Parliament Watch Sri Lanka: April-June 2010 (1st Quarterly) Report

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the General Elections of 8th April 2010, by a landslide victory gaining 144 seats in the 225 member parliament1 This victory was largely due to defeating the LTTE in May 2009, a strong performance by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2010 January 26th presidential elections, the promised development drive and the request by...

Parliament Watch Nepal: December 2011 Report

The Tenth session of the Legislature-Parliament continued, and as many as 05 meetings were convened, during the month of December. The major highlight of the month is as follows: The first meeting in December, which was convened on the 6th at 13:15 hours in the parliament, witnessed obstruction by the main opposition over the issue of brutal assault by the...