Sri Lanka

[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 ]

[Media Lines] Sri Lanka: Facilitate peoples’ right to dissent at 9 July mass protest
8 July 2022 3:24 pm

Sri Lanka: Facilitate peoples’ right to dissent at 9 July mass protest Ahead of the anticipated mass protest on 9 July in Colombo demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Government as the country goes through its worst economic crisis on record, FORUM-ASIA says: As Sri Lanka faces its worst economic crisis in history [ Read more ]

[HRC50 Joint Oral Statement] Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
1 July 2022 10:56 am

 50th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association   Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation and World Organisation Against [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Stop using force against protestors and protect fundamental freedoms
29 April 2022 5:50 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 29 April 2022) – The excessive use of force by security personnel on peaceful protestors in Sri Lanka on 19 April has led to the death of a peaceful protestor. FORUM ASIA strongly condemns the crackdown by Sri Lankan authorities on the peaceful protestors who were exercising their fundamental rights. The Police’s excessive and [ Read more ]

[Report] 2021: Fundamental Freedoms in South Asia
7 April 2022 2:18 pm

Civic space is under attack in South Asia. Across the region, increasingly authoritarian governments are relying on a wide range of repressive laws and other tactics to silence criticism, a trend that only intensified in 2021. While the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is the starkest example of this, almost all other countries saw alarming restrictions [ Read more ]