Posts Tagged ‘ CHOGM ’

Joint Civil Society Statement with Photos

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

Filed by Rights Now Collective for Democracy Establish an international mechanism for inquiry into human rights abuses: Joint Civil Society Memorandum to the Human Rights Council and the International Community March 4, Colombo: Group of Sri Lankan Civil Society organizations including Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), IMADR- Asia Committee, Rights Now Collective for Democracy, Home

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Sri Lanka: Briefing exposes how activists brave retaliation before UN human rights session

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

The Sri Lankan government’s targeting of critics persists at alarming levels, with more surveillance and harassment reported ahead of next month’s UN Human Rights Council (HRC) session, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today. Suppressing calls for justice, examines the Sri Lankan authorities’ intolerance of dissent and its attacks on critics over the past

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Sri Lanka Faces New Year Pressure Over Rights

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

COLOMBO, Dic 29 (IPS) – When the American Centre in Colombo held a memorial event honouring the late South African President Nelson Mandela, the first few questions at the question and answer session had nothing to do with the great freedom fighter. The questions raised at the meeting Dec. 20 were about how South Africa

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HRC Postpones Set Up Of Torture Commission On Alleged Requests By CSOs – Rights Now Asks Chairman To Name The Orgs

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

After the Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma announced confidently that the Sri Lankan Government would set up a Commission on Torture under the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) shortly before CHOGM in Colombo, reports have emerged that the establishment of the commission is to be postponed. According to a newspaper report which quoted unnamed sources, the decision

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David Cameron: Should he be condemned or commended?

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

CHOGM was over. As expected the British Prime Minister David Cameron was engaged not only in a tough conversation but also in a tough tour. Although the British Labour Party was of the view that the Prime Minister should boycott the summit he decided to come here and question the actions of the Sri Lankan Government.

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Accountability Issues Must Not Displace Devolution

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Prior to the Commonwealth Summit there were several positive signals from both the government and TNA.  It was the government that led the way by boldly deciding to conduct the Northern Provincial Council election, campaigning at the polls with enthusiasm and accepting its verdict with an appearance of good grace.   However, after CHOGM there has been

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CHOGM 2013 –A summit amidst a breakdown of law and order

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

By S. Skanda (CHOGM) 2013 in Colombo was overshadowed by a row over alleged human rights abuses in the country The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 in Colombo ended with a show of unity after the summit was overshadowed by a row over alleged human rights abuses in the country. CHOGM leaders issued a

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CHOGM – The morning after

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

By M.A. Sumanthiran In the heady days leading up to Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 a government minister stated that ‘The CHOGM will …bring more fame to our country and provide a great opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka’s post war developments….this conference…will provide a great opportunity for them (the Commonwealth Heads of State)

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Sri Lanka military to probe blocking of foreign media

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Sri Lanka’s military promised on Friday to investigate why AFP journalists were prevented from working in the country’s former war zone this week by soldiers who said they were under orders to restrict the media. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) video journalist and a photographer were obstructed in the Northern province by local military officials on

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Nov 25th, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Within Sri Lanka, the government has reason to be satisfied with the outcome of CHOGM.  President Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained the Chairmanship of the Commonwealth which is being used politically within the country to bolster the President’s image.  However, internationally, the die has been cast and the controversy surrounding the end phase of Sri Lanka’s

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