Sri Lanka allows International Bar Association delegation to visit country

The Sri Lankan government has lifted its ban on fact-finding visits by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). The government has said that the institute is welcome to make an “objective and impartial analysis of the reality of contemporary Sri Lanka,” according to the institute. In February 2013…

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Regional Consultation on the Rule of Law Perspectives on Detention and Treatment of Detainees

SAHR held a Regional Consultation on Rule of Law Perspectives on Detention and Treatment of Detainees in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 16th December 2012. The consultation focused on a theme very relevant to Afghanistan, particularly given the impending withdrawal of international forces, and the subsequent handing over of detention facilities to…

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Regional Workshop to Develop Guidelines for States to Observe when Carrying Out Counter-Terrorism Measures

SAHR commissioned background papers which examined the history and current state of emergency regulations and national security laws in South Asia, and how the States have abused them. These papers formed the basis of SAHR’s Regional Workshop to Develop Guidelines for States to Observe when Carrying Out Counter-Terrorism Measures, held…

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A New Identity for SAARC: Establishing a Regional Human Rights Mechanism

Dr. Gyan Basnet With one-fifth of the world’s population, the countries of South Asia face formidable challenges resulting from poverty, underdevelopment, and conflict within and among themselves. Their low levels of production, unemployment, and population pressures are not helped by historic exploitation and other adverse legacies. In an historical, cultural,…

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Maldives: Fact Finding Mission

The mission found that the Maldives has not adequately addressed the authoritarian trends that needed to be transformed before real democracy prevailed in systems of governance, that State and independent institutions had failed to respect the separation of powers and not ensured transparency and efficiency. The mission was unconvinced by…

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