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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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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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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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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  • Disappearances

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
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Sri Lanka: Amnesty International hosts “Memory and Justice” – day of activities and poetry book launch

Amnesty International will be hosting a day of activities around the theme of “Memory and Justice” in Colombo on 24 January 2016 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The day of activities will be a platform for a series of workshops and art exhibits. Amnesty International will also be launching Silenced Shadows, the published collection of winning entries from the human rights organization’s October 2015 poetry competition on the theme of enforced disappearances.

Date:
21 January 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
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Sri Lanka: Consultation Task Force report must lead to justice

As long as the Sri Lankan government ignores the findings of a taskforce, which examines crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses during the country’s decades-long internal conflict, justice, truth and reparation for thousands of families who have suffered deaths and disappearances will remain elusive, Amnesty International said today. The organization is dismayed by the Sri Lankan government’s casual disregard for the findings compiled by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF).

Date:
11 January 2017
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Qatar - New name, old system? Qatar's new employment law and abuse of migrant workers

Qatar has been under intense international scrutiny for its treatment of migrant workers since being awarded the rights to host the 2022 World Cup. Particular focus has been placed on the notorious 2009 sponsorship law, which ties workers to their employers, putting them at risk of forced labour. In December 2016, this law is being replaced. This briefing examines whether its replacement, Law No. 21 of 2015, will make any significant improvement to the lives of workers in the country.

Date:
12 December 2016
Ref:
MDE 22/5242/2016
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Sri Lanka: Making the rights choices

When Sri Lanka co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 in October 2015, the authorities finally acknowledged the need to end the long cycle of violence and impunity for violations of human rights. A year later, the government continues to commit to deliver justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. However, valid concerns have also been expressed by Sri Lankan civil society groups and victims regarding the pace of progress.

Date:
8 November 2016
Ref:
ASA 37/4902/2016
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Amnesty International’s written statement to the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (13 – 30 September 2016)

In 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. There have been positive developments since then, including increased openness to engage with Special Procedures. However, slow progress in delivering on many aspects of the ambitious agenda coupled with lack of transparency has led some victims and human rights defenders to express frustration.

Date:
31 August 2016
Ref:
ASA 37/4721/2016
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Indonesia: Allow stranded Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers to disembark

The Indonesian central government should allow dozens of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, including a pregnant woman and nine children, who have reached the coast of Lhoknga, Aceh, to disembark and meet UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) officials, Amnesty International said today. “These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Director of Campaigns for South East Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
15 June 2016
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  • Disappearances

Sri Lanka: Written Submission to the 32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council 13 June-1 July 2016)

When Sri Lanka co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka in October 2015, it set out an ambitious agenda, promising truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence to victims of human rights violations and other crimes under international law. Among the commitments made in the Resolution are initiatives to address one of the key features of the conflict: enforced disappearances.

Date:
30 May 2016
Ref:
ASA 37/4146/2016
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  • Disappearances

Sri Lanka: Amnesty International is proud to announce the fifteen winners of its global poetry competition: “Silenced Shadows”

In October 2015, Amnesty invited Sri Lankans, within the country and the diaspora, to take part in a poetry competition to mark the tens of thousands disappearances the country has experienced over the decades. We are proud to announce these five winning writers of the best poems in each language.

Date:
16 May 2016
Ref:
ASA 37/4027/2016
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Sri Lanka: Maintain momentum, Deliver on human rights commitments

In October 2015, the Sri Lankan Government made historic commitments to the people of Sri Lanka and to the Human Rights Council (HRC) “to undertake a comprehensive approach to dealing with the past, incorporating the full range of judicial and non-judicial measures” aimed at delivering truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. These four pillars are essential to end impunity for violations and abuses.

Date:
25 February 2016
Ref:
ASA 37/3449/2016