Sri Lanka

23.04.2019

Sri Lanka attacks: government’s social media ban may hide the truth about what is happening

Sri Lanka attacks: government’s social media ban may hide the truth about what is happening

Meera Selva, University of Oxford for The Conversation Sri Lanka has temporarily banned social media and messaging apps in the wake of the coordinated Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels across the country, which killed at least 290 people. The ban is ostensibly to stop… »

18.12.2017

Sri Lanka Joins Global Landmine Ban

Sri Lanka Joins Global Landmine Ban

Others should reconsider joining treaty. Sri Lanka joined the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines on December 13, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The action is especially significant because Sri Lanka used antipersonnel mines in the past and has since undertaken an extensive, ongoing mine clearance effort. “Sri Lanka’s… »

08.03.2017

Sri Lanka: Multi-Ethnic East Cannot Meet Tamil-Majority North

Sri Lanka: Multi-Ethnic East Cannot Meet Tamil-Majority North

By Sugeeswara Senadhira* COLOMBO (IDN) – Immediately after announcing the temporary merger of the North and East in July 1987, the then Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene, in a surprising policy dichotomy, declared that he would canvass against the merger during the proposed referendum to be held in the… »

03.10.2015

SRI LANKA: Sense and nonsense on judicial matters

SRI LANKA: Sense and nonsense on judicial matters

SRI LANKA: Sense and nonsense on judicial matters A comment on the approved UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka Basil Fernando Now that the UN Resolution on promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka has been approved by the Human Rights Council, a new page opens… »

07.07.2015

SRI LANKA: Who should be nominated as party candidates for the forthcoming elections?

SRI LANKA: Who should be nominated as party candidates for the forthcoming elections?

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission SRI LANKA: Who should be nominated as party candidates for the forthcoming elections? These are crucial days for the selection and submission of party candidates for the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections to be held on 17th August 2015. This is a moment at… »

22.01.2015

SRI LANKA: Window of opportunity to rebuild damaged legal structure

SRI LANKA: Window of opportunity to rebuild damaged legal structure

The 100-day reform programme of the new government is an opportune moment for rebuilding the legal structure of Sri Lanka, a precondition for achieving the “good governance” that has been promised. The legal structure of Sri Lanka has suffered a great fall, due to what has been termed as “tomfooling… »

09.01.2015

Sri Lanka congratulated on its new state-of-change and new president

Sri Lanka congratulated on its new state-of-change and new president

A decisive new stage in the political life of Sri Lanka has arisen as a result of the people making a political choice, which overwhelmingly affirms the commitment of Sri Lankans to democracy and thereby the rule of law and a free press. The surprising victory of Maithripala Sirisena and… »

08.01.2015

SRI LANKA: Death threats issues to three human rights activists

SRI LANKA:   Death threats issues to three human rights activists

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission WORLD/SRI LANKA:   Death threats issues to three human rights activists Today, on 7th January 2015, three human rights activists have received death threats over telephone ( Click here to listen the audio) from sources that have refused to identify… »

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… »

21.03.2014

Sri Lanka – Jayakumari remains in detention

Sri Lanka – Jayakumari remains in detention

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Ms. Balendran Jayakumari and her daughter Vithushaini (13) both were arrested on 13 March 2014, by officers attached to the Kilinochchi Police Station. Jayakumari has been active in the search of disappeared persons, including members of her own… »

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