February 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday delayed the release of a report investigating alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war. The government had requested that the release of the report be postponed on the grounds that President Maithripala Sirisena was about to launch ...[read more]
February 15, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International India (AII) said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his first official trip as the newly-elected president, ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The newly elected government in Sri Lanka announced Wednesday that it is planning to investigate accusations of human rights abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year civil war, after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to cooperate with UN investigators about claims of atrocities ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena, are now " ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Sri Lanka's new government must prioritize human rights, Amnesty International (AI) said Friday. AI issued its press release in the midst of a change in leadership in the Sri Lankan administration. AI is concerned that the outgoing Sri Lankan administration, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa can stand for a third six-year term and declared snap presidential polls four years into his term in office. The Supreme Court ruled that there were no constitutional or legal barriers impeding him from seeking a third ...[read more]
November 7, 2014
by Valerie Howell
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein criticized the Sri Lankan government Friday for its continued attacks on the integrity of the current investigation into serious human rights violations. Zeid accused the government of attempting to discredit the UN's efforts as well as ...[read more]
June 16, 2014
by William Hibbitts
UN high commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep alarm on Monday over inter-communal violence occurring in Sri Lanka. Violence occurred between Buddhists and Muslims after a rally by the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) protesting an alleged assault by Muslim youth against a ...[read more]

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