Monthly Archives: July 2020

Crisis cannot be used as an excuse to justify blanket restrictions

Crisis cannot be used as an excuse to justify blanket restrictions

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément N. Voule at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on 9 July 2020 I visited Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 at the …

UK announces first sanctions under new global human rights regime

UK announces first sanctions under new global human rights regime

The British government announced on 6 July 2020 that it was blacklisting 49 individuals and organizations under a new Britain-only human rights regime that gives it powers to sanction individuals or entities rather than nations. A new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime will target those who have …

Chinese Investment  and the BRI in Sri Lanka

Chinese Investment and the BRI in Sri Lanka

Chatham House commissioned a study of Chinese outbound investment and the BRI in Sri Lanka. The study, which is the basis for this paper, focused on several issues concerning Chinese infrastructure investment in 2006–19 including economic aspects and implications for labour, the environment and institutions. …

Concerned over Government’s decision to withdraw co-sponsorship of UN resolution

Concerned over Government’s decision to withdraw co-sponsorship of UN resolution

Delivering a statement at the 44th session of the UNHRC on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka (Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK), on 30 June 2020, UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French said, that they were ‘deeply disappointed …