Human Rights

Sri Lanka has made it impossible for victims of rights abuses to get justice says ICJ

Sri Lanka’s government has made it all but impossible for victims of human rights abuses to get justice, a Geneva-based human rights body that monitors legal matters said on Thursday.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), grouping 60 prominent judges and lawyers from
around the world, said the judiciary in Sri Lanka was under increasing attack and […]

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Sri Lanka’s regime will no longer be successful in hiding its war crimes

ONE of the worst atrocity crime stories of recent decades has barely registered in the world’s
collective conscience. We remember and acknowledge the shame of Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
We agonise about the failure to halt atrocities being committed almost daily in Syria. But, at least until now, the world has paid little heed to war […]

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Sri Lanka undergoes Universal Periodic Review tomorrow

NEW YORK: Tomorrow, the 1st of November, between 2:30 and 6pm, Geneva time (9:30 in New
York, 13:30 in London, 19:00 in Colombo & Delhi) Sri Lanka will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review.
This four yearly process allows the Human Rights Council to investigate structural failings with respect to human rights in every country in the […]

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Eye witness to Lasantha’s murder abducted in white van?

An eye witness to the January 8, 2009 murder of newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge
says attempts have been made to abduct him and he is unable to return to Sri Lanka.
Mr. K Mudalige claims he witnessed part of the elaborate process that finally took Lasantha Wickrematunge’s life and for that he is now in grave danger.
Mr. […]

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For Sri Lanka’s asylum seekers Christmas is yet to come

“Had there been even one Sinhala family living in this village, the government and their representatives would have provided us with atleast the basic facilities, but since this is a minority area we are ignored” – Residents 
Reporting from Udappuwa
Despite the end of the war over three years ago the minorities in rural Sri Lanka still […]

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The Menik Farm Lie: ‘Who says we are resettled’ asks an IDP

“As you know the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place in Geneva in November, 2012. It is through this the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) will examine the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The government wants to score marks by announcing that they were able to re-settle all the IDPs who were […]

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Ten critical Human Rights challenges for the next American President

Introduction
The upcoming presidential election and inauguration of the next administration is a critical moment to review and update U.S. policy on human
rights. Among the challenges the United States faces in the coming years are human rights abuses committed by governments and other actors across the globe that flout internationally accepted principles and undermine U.S. values […]

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Silenced Voices speak – the real Sri Lanka story

Lasantha Wickrematunge is probably not a name most people in the Western World would recognize. His martyrdom as the editor-in-chief of Sri Lanka’s critical newspaper, The Sunday Leader was, unlike the parts that Hollywood trouble-seeking trailblazers like George Clooney or Matt Damon play, not a role he wanted. But Lasantha loved to tell the truth.
Seekers […]

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Shining Light on Sri Lanka’s Dirty Secret: the Disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda

(SALEM) – Exactly one year ago today, we brought our readers the story, Everyone’s asking ‘Where’s Prageeth?’ Sadly over this last year, nothing has been learned to bring this important Sri Lankan media figure, Prageeth Eknaligoda, back to his family.
His story has remarkable ties to many other similar occurrences that left behind widows, fatherless children […]

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Refugee lawyer says new policy will deter Tamils

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 11:03 AM AEST: A leading Sri Lankan refugee lawyer says a return to off-shore processing will deter many Tamil asylum seekers.
A leading Sri Lankan refugee lawyer says a return to off-shore processing will deter many Tamil asylum seekers. The end of the civil war in Sri Lanka has seen a surge in Tamils […]

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Refugee lawyer says new policy will deter Tamils

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 11:03 AM AEST: A leading Sri Lankan refugee lawyer says a return to off-shore processing will deter many Tamil asylum seekers. A leading ...