Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 00:49
HRW, 03 July 2012 - (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should immediately end harassment of media outlets and journalists in violation of the right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. In the three years since the end of the armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government has expanded its efforts to silence critical views. “The government raids did not just target two media outlets but were part of a broader effort to intimidate and harass all critical journalists,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Sri Lanka’s poor reputation on free speech will only sink lower unless these assaults on the media stop immediately.”
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 03:37
US Embassy, Colombo, June 30, 2012 - The United States Embassy is closely following the case of the Sri Lanka Mirror and Lankaxnews, including the arrest of nine individuals associated with those websites. We have raised on several occasions our deep concern over efforts to suppress independent news media, including the blocking of news websites, intimidation, and disappearances of journalists. The United States believes that an uncensored and independent media available to all citizens is an indispensable part of any vibrant democracy and we call for an end to the harassment of these and all other journalists.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 03:30
US Embassy, Colombo, June 30, 2012 - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced yesterday that USTR has closed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) country practice review on worker rights in Sri Lanka without any change to Sri Lanka’s GSP trade benefits. The action follows an interagency review of a petition filed by the AFL-CIO in 2008 alleging shortcomings in Sri Lanka’s recognition or worker rights. Ambassador Kirk said, “The closure of the GSP country practice review of Sri Lanka was based on the Sri Lankan government’s noteworthy efforts to address worker rights issues over the past few years. This welcome outcome to the review demonstrates that GSP remains an effective tool for engaging GSP beneficiary countries on worker rights.”
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 06/30/2012 - 00:51
New York, June 29, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Sri Lanka to immediately stop harassing news outlets. Police in Colombo raided the offices of two opposition news websites today, arresting nine people and confiscating equipment, according to news reports. Authorities did not disclose the reason for the raid on the Sri Lanka Mirror and the Sri Lanka X News, both of which are based in the capital. News reports said that most of the nine arrested were journalists, but it is not clear who they were or why they were detained. Police also confiscated some computers and phones from the offices, news reports said. "Friday's raid shows that President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government remains determined to silence opposition voices," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator. "Authorities should heed the many public appeals urging them to reverse this years-long policy of quashing media criticism of the government and military."
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 02:34
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, June, 2012 - The Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka, June 2012 - A statement for the June Human Rights Council Session - Sri Lanka is not fulfilling many of its international human rights obligations. Impunity remains the norm for gross violations of human rights, including alleged war crimes. Gross and systematic human rights violations continue to take place. Sri Lanka’s armed conflict ended in 2009, but its legacy of unlawful detention practices continues; arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other ill-treatment and custodial killings remain hallmarks of Sri Lankan policing. The number of reports of enforced disappearances in the past six months is alarming; political activists critical of the state continue to be victims. Intimidation and smear campaigns against human rights defenders and journalists in government-owned newspapers have included attacks on individuals advocating for human rights accountability before this Council.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/04/2012 - 02:39
NFR Sri Lanka, 03 June 2012 - Sri Lanka: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review by NfR, FMM & INFORM on Human Rights Defenders, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association and Dissent in Sri Lanka
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/03/2012 - 03:11
Amnesty International, 02 June 2012 - The government continued to arbitrarily detain, torture or ill-treat people and subject people to enforced disappearance. It failed to address most instances of impunity for violations of human rights and humanitarian law. The government rejected repeated allegations of war crimes committed by both sides of the conflict that ended in 2009, prompting Amnesty International to reiterate calls for an independent international investigation.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 02:10
HRW, 29 May 2012 - (London) – The United Kingdom should immediately suspend deportations of ethnic Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and review its policies in assessing these claims, Human Rights Watch said today. The next scheduled deportation of Tamils from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka is due to take place on May 31, 2012. Investigations by Human Rights Watch have found that some failed Tamil asylum seekers from the United Kingdom and other countries have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and torture upon their return to Sri Lanka. In addition to eight cases in which deportees faced torture on return reported in February, Human Rights Watch has since documented a further five cases in which Tamil failed asylum seekers were subjected to torture by government security forces on return from various countries, most recently in February 2012. “The British government’s asylum procedure is failing to identify Tamils at risk of torture upon return to Sri Lanka despite growing evidence that torture of Tamil activists deported from abroad occurs,” said David Mepham, UK director at Human Rights Watch. “Until the government can fairly and thoroughly assess asylum claims based on up-to-date human rights information on Sri Lanka, it should suspend returns.”
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 02:48
UK Foreign Office, 24 May 2012 - Human Rights minister Jeremy Browne comments on the extension of Navi Pillay’s appointment as High Commissioner for Human Rights by the UN General Assembly. Speaking today, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said: "I welcome the United Nations General Assembly’s decision today to extend Navanethem Pillay’s appointment as High Commissioner for Human Rights for two years. The UK strongly supports the role of the High Commissioner and her Office, who lead efforts to promote and protect human rights throughout the world. The struggle for human rights is continuous. The High Commissioner’s role is critical and entails enormous responsibilities: helping prevent human rights violations wherever they occur, encouraging respect for human rights by all States, and strengthening the ability of the UN system as a whole to act."
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 03:23
Washington, 25 May 2012 - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined by Assistant Secretary Posner on 24th May 2012 released the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. "These reports, which the United States Government has published for nearly four decades, make clear to governments around the world: We are watching and we are holding you accountable. And they make clear to citizens and activists everywhere: You are not alone. We are standing with you," said Secretary Hillary Clinton.