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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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IMADR Oral Statement: 25th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 5

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Item 5: Recommendations of the Forum on Minority Issues 19 March 2014 Thank you Mr. President, Please permit me to share with you the good news of the release of the two Sri Lankan human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Fr Praveen by the authorities. We wish to express our appreciation to all those member

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IMADR Oral Statement: 25th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 4

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Item 4: General Debate 18 March 2014 Thank you Mr. President, IMADR welcomes the report of the High Commissioner on Sri Lanka, and endorse its recommendations. It is particularly worrying that the armed forces, Terrorist Investigation and Surveillance Units of Sri Lanka are used to intimidate and harass human rights defenders, especially family members of

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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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The Arrest Of Ruki And Fr. Praveen Is Highly Damaging To National Interests: Law And Society Trust

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

The arrest of Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen under the PTA and their detention is not only a violation of their rights but also is highly damaging to national interests at this crucial time as it sends a strong negative signal to the international community regarding the state of human rights and threats to activists in Sri Lanka at

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South African President’s stance on HR in SL at the Commonwealth summit undermines fight for justice

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

The Canadian and Mauritian heads of state boycotted the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in Sri Lanka earlier this month because of the host country’s appalling human rights record. More than half the leaders of the 53 member states stayed away, making this the lowest turnout in the group’s history. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said

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