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Sri Lanka: 2020 Heroes’ day commemorations are banned in North and East

Heroes' Day commemorations which take place during the 25th of 27th of November every year in Tamil-dominated North and East of Sri Lanka have...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...

Covid19: 100,000 families within the Colombo city in need of assistance – Colombo Mayor

1. I wish to clarify that in my last press briefing I was requesting for a lockdown of the Colombo city (1 to 15)...
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UN Special Rapporteur Clément N. Voule expresses his concern on the hard-fought gains in relation to civic space and the rule of...

I visited Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 at the invitation of the Government. My visit took place at a crucial moment...

HRC 44: Rights Commissioner expresses her concerns over Muslims in Sri Lanka targeted with stigma and hate speech during pandemic.

Image: a screenshot from the video of the High Commissioner's opening remarks at HRC 44. Making  her opening remarks at the ongoing 44th session of...

The “Core Group on Sri Lanka” express profound disappointment over Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from UN resolution

Image: Sri Lanka flag at UNHRC., Geneva. Making a statement at the 44th session of UNHRC  UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered...

Investigate and Prosecute Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan a.k.a Karuna Amman for war crimes and other Human Rights Abuses – PRG

People’s Rights Group (PRG) Calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to Investigate and Prosecute Mr.Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan a.k.a Karuna Amman for war crimes and other...

“Karuna should be charged for war crimes” former ICC’s trial attorney, senior counsel Anura Meddegoda

They are not only crimes punishable under Penal Code of this country but also universal crimes against humanity. Murders of monks and surrendered policemen are...

Rights Commissioner Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19 in Asia, including Sri Lanka.

Image courtesy of "Time" GENEVA (3 June 2020) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of...

Sri Lanka: Presidential pardon of former Army officer for killing of Tamil civilians is unacceptable – ICJ

The ICJ today condemned the Presidential pardon granted to murder convict Sunil Ratnayake, Former Staff Sergeant of the Sri Lankan Army. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya...

UNHRC-Sri Lanka resolution process will continue despite withdrawal: Mangala Samaraweera

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera asserted that Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from the co-sponsorship of the UN Human Right Council (UNHRC)...

Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and the Sri Lankan response – Harsha Gunasena

Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Nations Human Rights Council, presented a report1 to the Human Rights...

Sri Lanka: The weakening of Independent Commissions will hamper checks & balances and protection of people’s rights. – HRC SL

In its statement to UN Human Rights Council on the High Commissioner's Report,  Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka emphasises that the weakening of...

Netherlands will be evaluating the policies & the directions of Sri Lanka in relation to the Geneva resolution.

In a meeting with the Netherlands Ambassador Ms. Gonggrijp, Mr. Sampanthan Leader of the Tamil National Alliance has pointed out that “The UNHRC resolution...

Impunity, lack of rule of law & accountability are among the main reasons for religious extremism & hate speech in Sri Lanka –...

From the Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief on Sri Lanka. The culture of impunity in Sri Lanka has been...

Backtracking on the Geneva resolutions will lead to the resumption of resentment, frustration, and fear among the vulnerable in our country – Mangala Samaraweera

Former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said that the decision to co-sponsor Geneva Resolution 30/1 was taken by the yahapalana government under the leadership...

Sri Lanka report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and recommendations: 86. Ten years after the end of the lengthy ethnic conflict, there has been no closure on a number of issues arising...

International HR organisations call on the Human Rights Council to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Making Joint Oral Statement at the ongoing 43rd session of the Human Rights Council today (28 February 2020.) eight International Human Rights organisations urged the...

HRC 43: “We remain profoundly committed to resolution 30/1 and its principles” – the Core Group on Sri Lanka

Delivering the joint statement of the Core Group on Sri Lanka, International Ambassador for Human Rights of the United Kindom, Rita French told the...

HRC 43: Sri Lanka promises death certificates and livelihood assistance for the missing persons but no Justice & Truth.

Sri Lanka today told the ongoing 43rd session of UNHRC that "with regard to the issues on missing persons, steps would be taken, after...

Sri Lanka: Withdrawal from UN commitments requires robust response by Human Rights Council – AI

Image:  " Do not make Geneva promises disappear!" a placard at the "Missing Lovers Day" held by the Families of the Disappeared on 14.02.2020...

Rights Commissioner calls on HRC to remain alert to situation in Sri Lanka in terms of prevention and to explore all possible avenues for...

Speaking at HRC 43 today Human Rights High High Commissioner called on the Human Rights Council to remain alert to Sri Lanka's situation in...

There is no space for transitional justice in Sri Lanka – Call of the hour Is remedial justice: TGTE

Sri Lanka’s unilateral withdrawal from Resolution 30/1 is a clear rejection of human rights and accountability and displays total disregard for UN Member States Sri...

43rd Session of the Human Rights Council – Statement by Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka

43RD SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT STATEMENT BY HON. DINESH GUNAWARDENA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN RELATIONS OF SRI LANKA 26...

Statement by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Parliament on UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on 20 February 2020

Image: Sri Lanka FM Dinesh Gunawardana's speech at HRC is based on statement made by him on 20 Feb 2020. In May 2009, following...

PM Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka has decided to withdraw from the process of co-sponsorship in relation to Resolution 30/1

Collective travel ban imposed on the Army Commander and his family by the USA. The United States of America has prohibited the Commander of the...

Sri Lanka report: UN Rights Commissioner urges the Human Rights Council to continue to closely monitor developments in Sri Lanka

Summary: Pursuant to resolution 40/1 of the Human Rights Council, the present update assesses the progress made in implementing Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 on...

Sri Lanka: Families of ‘Disappeared’ Threatened

Image:A woman holds a picture of a missing relative at a protest calling for investigations into enforced disappearances, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 14, 2020.  ©...

GOSL requests the US to verify the authenticity of information on Army commander Shavendra Silva and to review its decision.

SRI LANKA TAKES STRONG OBJECTION TO THE IMPOSITION OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON LT. GEN. SILVA AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY BY THE US Media Releases | Fri, 14...

Sri Lanka to UN SC: “Transitional justice mechanisms need to take cognizance of the various historical, cultural and religious sensitivities.”

Speaking at UN Security Council Open Debate on ‘Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations’ on 13 February 2020, Permanent...

2019 in review – Sri Lanka: Security fears trump freedoms – Amnesty International

Unrealized government commitments to pursue truth, justice and reparations, continued impunity for violations and abuses, compromised freedoms of religion and expression characterized 2019 for...

Sri Lanka Govt to change OMP act: OMP requests Govt to respect the needs of the families & their right to know the...

(OFFICE ON MISSING PERSONS/MEDIA RELEASE/15 January 2020) Recent media reports have claimed that the government plans to review the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration...

Sri Lanka to make new presentation to UNHRC explaining atrocities committed by rebels

COLOMBO, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's new government will make a fresh presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), explaining all...
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In Sri Lanka Human Rights environment has worsened – UK govt report

The human rights environment in Sri Lanka worsened, with the continuation of surveillance and intimidation of activists and human rights defenders, the detention without...
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Sri Lanka: MP Bakeer Markar alleges police are to arrest 200 critical journalists

Image: Courtesy of IFEX. Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Member of Parliament Imthiaz Bakeer Markar is accusing the government of targeting media-persons critical of the government...

Sri Lanka: 2020 Heroes’ day commemorations are banned in North and East

Heroes' Day commemorations which take place during the 25th of 27th of November every year in Tamil-dominated North and East of Sri Lanka have...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...