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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 …

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 …

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 …

Border and maritime security vulnerable

Border and maritime security vulnerable

The Country Reports on Terrorism 2019 was released on 24 June 2020. The report covers developments in countries in which acts of terrorism occurred, countries that are state sponsors of …

HRW calls for probe

HRW calls for probe

The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered an investigation into a former commander of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after he publicly boasted about killing several thousand Sri Lankan soldiers during the country’s civil war, which ended in 2009. He killed more soldiers, …

Comprehensive security sector reform yet to take place?

Comprehensive security sector reform yet to take place?

A report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, to the Forty-fourth session UN Human Rights Council to …

Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

The US Department of State 2019, annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. …

Sri Lanka among most vulnerable

Sri Lanka among most vulnerable

The Economist Magazine has ranked Sri Lanka amongst its most vulnerable states that have been worst affected economically by the coronavirus pandemic, as Colombo faces massive debt repayments this year. In its ranking of 66 states, using four ranking factors, Sri Lanka was ranked 61st …

Laws contain references to vaguely  defined offences

Laws contain references to vaguely defined offences

As Governments face the formidable challenge of protecting people from COVID-19, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on them to ensure human rights are not violated …

Pandemic is not only a national issue

Pandemic is not only a national issue

The former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to Palki Sharma, on the global leadership series on WION, about everything from the COVID-19 pandemic to the dire need …