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End intimidation & threats

End intimidation & threats

A statement signed by 10 Human Rights Organisations was released on 29 July 2020, requesting that the Government of Sri Lanka should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats against the lives and physical security of lawyers, activists, human rights defenders and journalists. The signatories …

India inks currency deal with Sri Lanka to checkmate China

India inks currency deal with Sri Lanka to checkmate China

Keen to counter China’s influence in Sri Lanka, India on Friday extended a $400 million currency swap facility with Colombo to help its economy recover from Covid-19 crisis. The currency …

TNA seeks “cooperative federalism”

TNA seeks “cooperative federalism”

Campaigning for Sri Lanka’s August 5 general elections, the country’s main Tamil party has foregrounded the promise Colombo made to New Delhi on power devolution, the need for greater connectivity to India from the northern Palaly airport, and the need to expedite the return of …

A deterioration in the Human Rights situation?

A deterioration in the Human Rights situation?

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tabled the 2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office report on Human Rights and Democracy, in the UK Parliament on 16 July 2020. The report provides an …

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 …