Sri Lanka

[Publication] Threads of Injustice: Investigating the precarious working conditions of garment workers in selected Export Processing Zones in Sri Lanka
15 March 2023 11:15 am

  Sri Lanka’s apparel sector has experienced rapid growth, with 44 per cent of the country’s total exports consisting of apparels. Approximately 15 per cent of the country’s labour force is employed in the apparel sector. And yet, they receive unfair wages and are made to endure unsafe and discriminatory working conditions. FORUM-ASIA and LST [ Read more ]

[Event] Report Launch – Threads of Injustice: Exploitation of Garment workers in Export Processing Zones (EPZs), Sri Lanka.
14 March 2023 12:40 pm

Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023 Time: 09.00 AM (CMB) Venue:  Golden Star Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka / Livestream on YouTube   The poor working conditions faced by garment workers in Sri Lanka’s Export Processing Zones (EPZs) is concerning. Various human rights violations and safety concerns is faced by workers, particularly female and transgender workers, who [ Read more ]

[Statement] Sri Lanka: Respect the Right to Peaceful Protest
1 March 2023 1:12 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu – 1 March 2023) –  The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the crackdown on peaceful protests in Sri Lanka. “The present regime led by President Wickremesinghe has started a systemic clampdown on protests starting from the Aragalaya movement and has repeatedly invoked repressive Prevention of Terror Act (PTA) against protest [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: End Arbitrary Detention of Student Activist
16 January 2023 7:35 pm

The Sri Lankan government should immediately end the arbitrary detention of Wasantha Mudalige, a student activist who was arrested on August 18, 2022, 7 human rights organizations said today. Since August 21, Mudalige, 29, has been held on orders signed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), a draconian law that [ Read more ]

[HRC51 Oral Statement] Item 2: Interactive dialogue on the report of OHCHR on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka
14 September 2022 10:16 am

  51st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive dialogue on the report of OHCHR on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka   Delivered by Nuwan Sanjeewa Bopege On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)  12 September 2022   Mr. President, Sri Lanka is [ Read more ]

[HRC51 Joint Open Letter] Sri Lanka: Adopt a Strong Resolution on Human Rights in Sri Lanka
13 September 2022 6:46 pm

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council September 12, 2022 Sri Lanka – Adopt a Strong Resolution on Human Rights in Sri Lanka Excellencies, As you prepare for the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) we, as a group of four international human [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Sri Lanka: Crackdown on human rights defenders and peaceful protests in Sri Lanka
26 August 2022 12:40 pm

To:   H.E President Ranil Wickremesinghe Hon. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena   25 August 2022   Re: Crackdown on human rights defenders and peaceful protests in Sri Lanka   Your Excellencies, We, the undersigned organisations, are gravely concerned by the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka as evidenced by the series of crackdown [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: End Government Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters
8 August 2022 2:23 pm

We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Sri Lankan authorities’ violent crackdown and increasing reprisals against peaceful protesters in Sri Lanka. This includes arrests, intimidation and the brutal attack on the protest camp in Colombo on 22 July 2022. The Sri Lankan authorities must ensure that security forces do not use excessive force and will respect [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: Brutal attack against peaceful protesters by security forces
25 July 2022 11:41 am

Five human rights organizations strongly condemned the brutal attack against unarmed peaceful protesters by Sri Lankan forces in Colombo on in the early hours of 22 July 2022 . Since March 2022, thousands of people including human rights defenders, journalists, and members of civil society have been protesting peacefully across the country against the government’s [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Sri Lanka: Condemn those aiding president Gotabaya Rajapaksa evade accountability
13 July 2022 7:03 pm

In response to the declaration of a state of emergency in Sri Lanka following President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s escape to the Maldives, Omer Dawoodjee, FORUM-ASIA Interim Executive Director said: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to flee the country amidst the ongoing crisis is clearly an attempt to escape accountability for grave crimes he is credibly implicated in [ Read more ]