Five years on and despite repeated calls for independent, impartial and effective investigations into the abduction and killing of human rights defender Pattani Razeek by his family and local, regional more…
Sri Lanka: Ruki Fernando
September 4, 2014
Ruki Fernando is from Sri Lanka and has been working on various human rights and social justice issues since 1997. He has worked with the Asian Forum for Human Rights more…
Escalation In Surveillance Of NGO Activities – NPC
August 20, 2014
The National Peace Council has expressed deep concern over the increasing and continuous surveillance of civil society activities by the Rajapaksa-regime using military and law enforcement authorities in the post-war more…
Government mulls punitive action on NGOs
August 18, 2014
Amid allegations of NGO attempts to collect evidence to be sent to Geneva, the government has decided to consider a proper regulatory framework to monitor their accountability, External Affairs Minister more…
Journalists From Jaffna Detained For Six Hours After Army Plants Marijuana In Their Vehicle
July 26, 2014
Seven journalists attached to Tamil newspapers in the Northern province had been detained last night and questioned for over six hours by the law enforcement authorities sabotaging a workshop they more…
New Law on NGOs is Ready
July 15, 2014
Against the backdrop of some organisations defying the regulations governing NGO activities, the government has decided to enact a law, before the end of this year, making it mandatory for more…
NGO Wings Clipped
July 7, 2014
The National Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), a body functioning under the Defence Ministry, has banned NGOs from holding news conferences, workshops and training of journalists and the issuance of more…
A Buddhist monk, who campaigned for inter-faith harmony was found assaulted today with cut wounds, and has been hospitalized in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka: Threats against Nimalka Fernando’s life and other human rights defenders through state media
June 5, 2014
On November 4, 2013, Ms. Nimalka Fernando was defamed on a radio programme called Rata Yana Atha (“the way the country is forging ahead”) on the Commercial Channel of the State-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). The program was essentially a smear campaign on Ms. Fernando. She was described as a 59-year old divorced woman who had served 30 different organisations, and “since 1989 carried tales.” Callers to the show leveled violent threats against her.
On 26 November 2013, a Joint Urgent Appeal (JUA) was addressed to Sri Lanka by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Sri Lanka has not responded.
Two student activists were abducted by the Government of Sri Lanka and 17 student activists were remanded until May 19th, says the Inter University Students’ Federation.