Posts Tagged ‘ UNHRC ’

Challenges and attacks against civil society in Sri Lanka

Oct 10th, 2014 | By

Human Rights Committee NGO Briefing, 7th October 2014 Thank you Mr. Chair, This is a joint statement by IMADR and FORUM-ASIA together with civil society organisations in Sri Lanka, including Rights Now Collective for Democracy. The current situation in Sri Lanka contradicts the ICCPR. Incidences of torture, disappearances, extra-judicial killings and custodial deaths have neither been

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Elections 2015: The Stakes

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The Sunday newspapers carried credible reports that the Presidential election would be held anytime after November this year, most probably in January 2015 while parliamentary elections would be held before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2015.  What this means is that over the coming year, the serious political participant or student

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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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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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Sri Lanka in Geneva: Frozen in Fixed Positions

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA With almost exactly a week to go before a crucial vote in Geneva, Sri Lanka seems very much on the back foot. While William Hague, the Foreign Secretary of the UK makes a direct appeal to the readers of ‘The Hindu’, presenting four points in support of his country’s call for an

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Face The UNHRC Resolution To Restore Credibility

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

By  Jehan Perera There was speculation that the ongoing 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council would see the immediate establishment of a high powered international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka and economic sanctions against the country.  The unexpected feature of the draft resolution sponsored by the US is the provision to

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Reprisals against HRDs in Sri Lanka: Civil Society Organisations accused by state broadcaster for their appeal to UNHRC

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

  Sri Lanka Briefing Note, Special Topic 8/2 – 10 March 2014 In its 8 PM prime time news bulletin on 06 March 2014 the state controlled Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corporation accused 24 Civil Society organisations in the country for issuing the JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY MEMORANDUM TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY    As

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DRAFT RESOLUTION TAKES A MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH- NPC Press release

Mar 8th, 2014 | By

The draft resolution on Sri Lanka to be taken for vote at the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is now in circulation.  It proposes an international monitoring of Sri Lanka’s domestic accountability process and calls on the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office to do investigations on its own.  In addition,

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GENEVA AFTER GL

Mar 8th, 2014 | By

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA At the High Level Segment of the UNHRC Geneva, Prof GL Peiris did something I haven’t seen him do in a quarter century. He read out from a text, looking up only once or twice. It was on a perfect continuum with Mahinda Samarasinghe’s clumsy, bellicose speeches at the same venue

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Limp resolution on Lanka surprises India

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

By Devirupa Mitra – NEW DELHI The text of the US-sponsored draft resolution to be tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Commission is a much watered-down version than expected, with supporters wanting to gather more favourable votes from an international community nervous about setting a precedent of an international probe. Even Indian officials were

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