Justice

WAR CRIMES BEING PIVOT OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE STALLS PROGRESS–Jehan Perera

Mar 28th, 2017 | By

The government achieved its main goal at the UN Human Rights Council at the session just completed in March. It was able to obtain a two year extension to deliver on the promise it made at a previous session of the UNHRC in October 2015. There is a consensus that the government’s performance has been

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Going beyond empty speeches for gender justice

Mar 13th, 2017 | By

The Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) issued in regard to Sri Lanka on March 3rd this year is illuminating in several respects. It was significant that the Observations were released just a few days before the world marked the International Day of Women. In Sri

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Dissolving PNA, Appealing to UN Increase Pressure on Israel

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

By Saud Abu Ramadan RAMALLAH, April 20 (Xinhua) — As the Middle East peace talks deteriorate, some officials in Ramallah are saying that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has only one major option left — to dissolve the Palestinian National Authority and thus render the Palestinian territories a state under occupation, a move that would “increase

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‘Is this a govt. of laws or a govt. of men?’

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

By Namini Wijedasa Lawyers, academics and activists hit out at the growing militarisation of every aspect of society at a forum organised by the BASL to analyse the implications of a gazette vesting police powers in the armed forces Speakers at a crammed public forum this week denounced increasing military encroachment into various aspects of

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Sri Lanka: FMM deplores judicial order banning right to speak of two HRDs

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

Press release / 23.03.2014 The Free Media Movement deplores the Magistrate order issued on Human Rights Defenders ( HRDs) Ruki Fernando and Fr, Praveen Mahesan restricting their right to speak.  The freedom of  expression is a fundamental right recognized by the constitution of Sri Lanka and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It

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A Government Ludicrously at Odds with Itself

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

This week, we saw the strange and astonishing saga of two Sri Lankan human rights activists who were peremptorily arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA, 1979) and then released without charges with various branches of the Government differing on almost every circumstance relating to this incident. The sequence of events thereto

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Statement Condemning the Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of Human Rights Defenders, Ruki Fernando, Father Praveen Mahesan, Victims and their Families

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

19th March, 2014 We, the undersigned welcome the release of prominent Sri Lankan Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen Mahesan on 19th March 2014. We however strongly condemn their arbitrary arrest and detention by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in Kilinochchi (Northern Province) on 16th March 2014. We also note, that this

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Human Rights Activists Freed

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Father Praveen Mahesan a Catholic priest and Ruki Fernando the head on INFORM a human rights defenders organization who were arrested on Sunday under the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act, on charges of  stirring up communal disharmony were released by Colombo Magistrate early this morning (19.03.2014). They were arrested in northern Sri Lanka and held

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A crisis of expectations

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

By Dharisha Bastians Months of anticipation for human rights campaigners, the Tamil Diaspora communities and the country’s main Tamil party ended in an anti-climax when despite international pledges and dire warnings, the US draft resolution at the Human Rights Council released Monday failed to call for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri

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Government hits out at Pillay

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

The Government today slammed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, accusing her of exceeding her mandate in the report on Sri Lanka which she made public recently. External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris told the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council today that while Sri Lanka is ready to work

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