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Sri Lanka must deliver on its commitments set out by Human Rights Council resolution 30/1

Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 sets out concrete steps to ensuring truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence for human rights violations and abuses. Council resolution 34/1 requested the Government “to implement fully the measures identified by the Council in its resolution 30/1 that are outstanding. ” This written statement provides an assessment of Sri Lanka’s progress in delivering on its human rights obligations, and implementation of resolution 30/1.

Date:
22 August 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6975/2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sri Lanka: Further information: Harassed priests granted fellowship abroad: Father Elil Rajendram

Since being summoned for questioning by the Sri Lankan police for hosting a memorial for the war dead, Father Elil Rajendran was successful in securing a court order directing the police not to question him further. In terms of his personal safety, he now has respite from harassment and is out of the country on a short-term Fellowship.

Date:
8 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/6780/2017
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Sri Lanka: Establish Office on Missing Persons immediately

Amnesty International calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately implement the much delayed Office on Missing Persons. “The people of Sri Lanka cannot wait any longer. Tens of thousands of families, from all communities, have waited far too long already. The Office on Missing Persons must be established as soon as possible,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. “It is encouraging that both the President and the Prime Minister have reached out to families of the disappeared over recent days.

Date:
23 June 2017
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  • Sri Lanka
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sri Lankan Minister threatens human rights lawyer for highlighting allegations of religious attacks

Amnesty International is appalled by the recent comments by Sri Lankan Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijedasa Rajapakse, denying allegations of attacks against Christians before any independent investigation has even been conducted and threatening to remove senior lawyer and prominent human rights defender Lakshan Dias from the legal profession if he did not apologise to the nation for speaking publicly about reported attacks on Christians.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/6550/2017
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Sri Lanka: The conflict’s legacy of impunity endures

On the eighth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long conflict, Amnesty International calls on the government to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and ensure that any legislation it introduces to replace it meets international standards. The failure to repeal the notorious law is one of several commitments that the government has stalled on since coming to power two years ago, when it pledged to deliver truth, justice and reparation to victims of the conflict and enact reforms that would prevent further human rights violations “The PTA is a highly repressive law that contributed to many of the human rights violations during and following Sri Lanka’s conflict.

Date:
18 May 2017
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  • Sri Lanka
  • Disappearances

"Only Justice Can Heal Our Wounds": Listening to the Demands of Families of the Disappeared in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, Enforced Disappearance has touched every community – spanning time, geography, ethnicity, religion, and class. There has been virtually no accountability for these grievous crimes. Despite daunting obstacles, family members of the disappeared have persisted in their efforts to seek remedies for the harms they have endured. This briefing highlights the experiences of family members of the disappeared who have pressed publicly for accountability.

Date:
8 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/5853/2017
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Why Sri Lanka's past refuses to be forgotten

It is difficult to imagine anything more traumatic than the sudden disappearance of a loved one. The scramble for any facts that can be established with any clarity. The yearning to know, the pain of imagining. The flame of hope that subsides to a barely perceptible flicker, never quite extinguished by the passage of time. There can be no real certainty, no closure, no moving on. Sithy Ameena, Sandya Ekneligoda and Vathana Suntharajaj all share this sense of perpetual grief.

Date:
3 April 2017
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Sri Lanka - Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

Sri Lanka will not break with its violent past until it reckons with the cruel history of enforced disappearance and delivers justice to as many as 100,000 families who have spent years waiting for it, Amnesty International said today in a new report, revealing the enduring scars of a conflict that has been forgotten by the world. Amnesty International’s report, “Only Justice can heal our wounds”, will be launched by the organization’s Secretary General Salil Shetty at a meeting with families of the disappeared in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar.

Date:
3 April 2017
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It has become dangerous to be a blogger or a journalist in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia’s countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
1 March 2017
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Human rights violations endemic in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia's countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
28 February 2017
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  • Impunity

Sri Lanka: Victims demand truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence: Written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka committed with Resolution 30/1 to undertake a comprehensive approach to dealing with the past, including ensuring truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence for human rights violations and abuses. This is an important step towards acknowledging the traumatic experiences of many thousands of victims over decades of armed conflict and insurgency, and accepting its obligations to provide them with effective remedies.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/5677/2017
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Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing: families demand answers

Enforced disappearance has touched every community, and within Sri Lanka there has been virtually no accountability for these grievous crimes. With a backlog of between 60,000 and 100,000 alleged enforced disappearances since the late 1980s, there is no shortage of examples of frustrated justice. And yet, family members of the disappeared continue to demand accountability. Their experiences illustrate the impact of these crimes and demonstrate the burden placed on those - particularly women - seeking accountability and the lengths to which some families have gone to get attention to their demands.

Date:
23 January 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/5497/2017