Monthly Archives: March 2014

UN Underscores Importance of Protection, Promotion of Human Rights

UN Underscores Importance of Protection, Promotion of Human Rights

   Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York on 17 March 2014  that theUnited Nations (UN) has noted the arrest of two human rights activists in Sri Lanka and recalled Sri Lanka’s obligations towards the protection of human rights. …

Catholic Diocese of Jaffna call for release of Father Proveen and Ruki Fernando

Catholic Diocese of Jaffna call for release of Father Proveen and Ruki Fernando

A Press Release from the Justice and Peace Desk of the Jaffna Diocesan Laity Council forwarded by the Asian The    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaffna has called for the early release of Rev. Fr. Proneen Mahesan and the Sri Lankan human rights activist Ruki …

US Government Concerned Over Detention of Human Rights Defenders

US Government Concerned Over Detention of Human Rights Defenders

   The US government in a statement issued today said with the recent spate of arrests of activists by Sri Lankan security forces “we remain convinced that continued scrutiny by the Human Rights Council is necessary” The statement follows the detention of Balendran Jeyakumari and her 13 year …

Healing the wounds of a bitter war

Healing the wounds of a bitter war

   During the week of March 24, the U.N. Human Rights Council countries will be asked to show where they stand on a resolution on Sri Lanka. That resolution seeks to support the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights’ call to establish an international mechanism …

Army denies fresh claims that it used chemical weapons

Army denies fresh claims that it used chemical weapons

  The Sri Lanka army denied fresh claims that it used chemical weapons during the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as alleged in a video aired on Indian television. The video aired on News X shows a man clad in army uniform …

Revised Draft resolution HRC 25/1

Revised Draft resolution HRC 25/1

    The new revised US draft resolution on Sri Lanka which is circulating among members of the UN Human Rights Council has toughened its stance by calling for an international independent investigation as proposed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The …

Protest in Jaffna against detention of Jeyakumari and Vipoosika

Protest in Jaffna against detention of Jeyakumari and Vipoosika

  Tamils took to the streets in Jaffna, against the arrest and detention of disappearances campaigners Balendran Jeyakumari and her 13 year old daughter Vipoosika. Families, distraught over the disappearance of their loved ones, lined the streets holding photographs of the missing and demanding that …

Army says Ananthi Sasitharan making ‘misleading’ statements

Army says Ananthi Sasitharan making ‘misleading’ statements

  The Sri Lankan Army accused the Northern Province Councillor and campaigner, Ananthi Sasitharan and other politicians of making “misleading statements” that were “politically motivated” about the Sri Lankan police’s arrest and detention of the prominent disappearances campaigner, Balendran Jeyakumari and her 13 year old …

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group Press Conference

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group Press Conference

Kamalesh Sharma (Secretary-General of the Commonwealth): Thank you very much, Chair. I am going to read out a statement which has been adopted by the 43rd meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group. CMAG welcomed the significant progress made in Fiji towards holding national elections …

Ananthi Sasitharan calls for international investigation

Ananthi Sasitharan calls for international investigation

  Addressing the general debate on the Promotion and Protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development, the Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan made a statement on behalf of the NGO, Collectif des Femmes Africaines du …