Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Sri Lanka Colombo, 31 August 2013

Good morning, and thank you for coming. As is customary at the end of official missions such as this, I would like to makesome observations concerning the human rights situation in the country. During my seven-day visit, I have held discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and senior members of the…

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Centre for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka Deeply Concerned over Govt. Moves to Introduce Defamation of Major Religions Law

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by reports that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs is to introduce new laws seeking action against publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’. These reports state that as a first step, a draft…

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India LGBTQ Community Want Guidelines for Media Reporting

The LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenders, queer) community in the country is about to approach the state human rights commission to set up guidelines about reporting issues related to them. This has come about in the wake of a newspaper in a small town in the state writing a story…

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Pakistani and Indian Intellectuals Call for Talks Between the Two Countries

Participants at an intellectual dialogue between India and Pakistan, organized by the South Asian Free Media Association, called on their countries to show restraint on the border, and to hold talks. Due to heightened tension between the two countries, only 12 Indian delegates were able to make the journey to…

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Violence will never triumph over human rights, vows Malala

Malala Yousafzai (16), who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October, accepted the Tipperary International Peace Award at a sell-out ceremony attended by almost 400 guests. Malala, who was visibly moved as she accepted the award, is the youngest ever recipient of the 28-year-old prize. “It is…

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