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- The UNHRC draft resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka‘ [A/HRC/25/L.1] is available to download here.
- Information on recent detentions: On 16 March 2014, prominent human rights activists Mr Ruki Fernando and Reverend Praveen Mahesan were detained in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, under anti-terrorism legislation. Mr Fernando is human rights adviser to the Sri Lankan human rights organisation INFORM and Reverend Mahesan is former director of the Sri Lankan Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Mr Fernando and Reverend Mahesan appeared before the Colombo Magistrate Court on 18 March 2014 and were subsequently released on bail. The arrest of Mr Fernando and Reverend Mahesan has been connected to the Government of Sri Lanka’s investigations into attempts to revive the LTTE cadres. However, international media is linking the arrest to attempts made by Mr Fernando and Reverend Mahesan to find out information relating to the arrest of fellow activist Balendran Jeyakumari on 13 March 2014. Ms Jeyakumari is a prominent activist, arrested under anti-terrorism legislation and remains in detention. On the day of her arrest, she was campaigning for the release of missing persons since the end of the conflict.
- The IBAHRI, in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), produced a briefing note on key points regarding the incapacity of Sri Lanka’s domestic justice system to provide redress for war crimes and human rights violations, and the need to establish an international accountability mechanism.
Click here to download the IBAHRI/ICJ briefing note – English language version.
Click here to download the IBAHRI/ICJ briefing note – Spanish language version.
Click here to download the IBAHRI/ICJ briefing note – Arabic language version.
- The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Through its global membership of individual lawyers, law firms, bar associations and law societies it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.
The IBA’s administrative office is in London. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington DC, US, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Programme (IBA ICC) is managed from an office in The Hague.
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.