Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 22:55
Human Rights Law Centre, 12 February 2013 - The Human Rights Law Centre invites you to participate in what is sure to be an in depth, robust and enlightening discussion about accountability for war crimes and the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 21:44
Brad Adams, Asia Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, February 6, 2013 - Dear Commonwealth Heads of Government, I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to express our grave concerns about the Commonwealth’s decision to press forward with the holding of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013. Unless Sri Lanka makes prompt, measurable, and meaningful progress on human rights issues, we urge that you change the venue for the 2013 summit.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:31
By Basil Fernando, AHRC, 30 Dec 2012 - Tamils living in the North and East have a complained of the loss of all their rights. Most people in the South ignored these complaints. Some even said that such deprivations are punishments for what the LTTE was. The assumption was that such treatment would not be extended to the South. However this has proved to be an illusion. The government, through its spokesmen, now clearly declares that people in the South have no claim for greater protection of their rights. In fact, the claim is that there is no scheme for the protection of citizens in Sri Lanka. It is quite openly claimed that under the Sri Lankan constitution of 1978 the judiciary has only the role of hearing cases and the judiciary do not have the “special” status of being a branch of government that has the obligation to defend the rights and the freedoms of the people. Sri Lanka has thus has become a level field, where no one has any rights and there is no branch of government that has the specific duty to ensure the protection of the people.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 02:19
AP, December 10, 2012 - Hundreds of protesters have marched in Sri Lanka's capital to demand information about two human rights activists who went missing one year ago while working in a former war zone.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 22:04
The Star, Malaysia, Wednesday November 28, 2012 - A Parliamentary Caucus on the Abuse of Human Rights in Sri Lanka has been set up, announced Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. Nazri said members from both sides of the divide agreed to the caucus as they viewed with great concern the alleged human rights violation in Sri Lanka, including against the ethnic Tamil minority group there. The caucus will continue to monitor the progress of the United Nation’s resolution on the matter.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 00:09
By Gibson Bateman, New York, September 28th, 2012 - East Asia Forum - The US Department of Defense would love to strengthen ties (which are already quite good) with the Sri Lankan military because the island nation is one piece of a bigger geostrategic puzzle that will become more important in the coming years. Accordingly, people should prepare themselves for the possibility that the US will, in the medium-term, ease diplomatic pressure on the Sri Lankan regime for its human rights record and its apathy toward national reconciliation.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 00:39
HRW, September 25, 2012 - When Commonwealth countries announced at the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Australia that Sri Lanka could host CHOGM 2013, they agreed to actively promote and uphold the fundamental values and principles of the Commonwealth, including human rights and the rule of law. We therefore urge you to press for adequate and satisfactory human rights progress in Sri Lanka by CHOGM 2013. We believe that the failure of the Commonwealth and its members to do so would be contrary to the Commonwealth’s values and principles, and undermine its credibility.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 02:52
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcast: 20/09/2012, Reporter: Kerry Brewster - A new documentary shows that Sri Lankan refugees are fleeing human rights abuses in their homeland and are not merely economic refugees, as claimed by the opposition.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 01:19
AP, 10 July 2012 - COLOMBO - Sri Lankan rights activists say an imprisoned Tamil Tiger rebel suspect was beaten to death by prison and police officers following a revolt last month. Ganesh Nimalaruban died July 4, a few days after being injured in a prison revolt in the northern town of Vavuniya. Udul Premaratne, a spokesman for Activists for Human Rights, said Tuesday that Nimalaruban had been beaten by officers and later was denied treatment, leading to his death.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 02:06
Washington Post, 06 June 2012 - The nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka says human rights will be at the top of her agenda. Michele Sison says serious allegations of violation of international human rights law committed during the island nation’s civil war have yet to be investigated and have slowed reconciliation. Democrat Sen. Robert Casey said Sri Lanka has yet to implement recommendations made six months ago by its own reconciliation commission. He urged an independent investigation into alleged war crimes, saying the issue would not go away “until the world sees results.”