Basil Fernando

11.06.2015

Open Letter of Appreciation to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury of Bangladesh

Open Letter of Appreciation to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury of Bangladesh

I am writing this short letter to express my appreciation with regard to the statement reported in the media; you have been quoted to have said, “you [referring to tribunal judges] misused your power”. We, in South Asia as well as in many other countries, are often faced with a… »

03.10.2014

HONG KONG: witnessing a ‘new form of protest’

HONG KONG:  witnessing a ‘new form of protest’

As protests in Hong Kong continue, there are growing fears of a crackdown. But the use of force would not work as it would ruin people’s trust in good governance, human rights lawyer Basil Fernando tells DW.  Despite fear of an escalation, pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong remained… »

31.03.2014

Sri Lanka: Patriotism without justice is pure bluff

Sri Lanka: Patriotism without justice is pure bluff

Human beings, however poor or however oppressed, seek justice in the same way. Even a tuberculosis patient looks for fresh air. All wisdom traditions have associated justice as having the same character as fresh air. To deny justice is to deny a fundamental condition of being human. If a… »

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