Sri Lanka: Rights Abuses Jeopardize EU Trade Benefits

Click to expand Image In June 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for Sri Lanka to comply with its human rights obligations if it is to continue enjoying European Union trading preferences known as GSP+.  © 2021 Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP (Brussels) –  The European Union should publicly set out a […]

Sri Lanka: Landmark UN Resolution Promotes Justice

Click to expand Image In this April 6, 2015  file photo, Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil women sit holding placards with portraits of their missing relatives as they protest out side a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. © AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File (New York) – The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka is […]

Suspected Architect of Sri Lanka War Crimes is UN’s ‘Chief Guest’

Click to expand Image Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, waits to be sworn in as prime minister at Kelaniya Royal Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 9, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena The United Nations Country Team in Sri Lanka recently held a special virtual event to commemorate the world body’s 75th birthday. Sadly, […]

Sri Lanka: Security Agencies Shutting Down Civic Space

Expand Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center attends an event to mark the anniversary of country’s independence from British colonial rule in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena (New York) – Sri Lankan security agencies are stepping up surveillance, harassment, and threats against human rights activists and journalists, Human […]

Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

  Expand General Shavendra Silva is seen at the Ampara Air Force camp in eastern Sri Lanka August 24, 2009.  © 2009 Reuters/Stringer/Files (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should abide by its commitments to replace the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with legislation that respects its international human rights obligations, Human Rights […]

Sri Lanka: Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

Expand Sri Lanka’s elections chief Mahinda Deshapriya displays ballot boxes that will be used in the upcoming presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The voting is scheduled to be held on November 16.  © 2019 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena (New York) – The winner of Sri Lanka’s presidential election on November 16, 2019 will […]

Sri Lanka: Failed Pledges Mar 10 Years Since War’s End

Expand Women mourn at the graves of their relatives who died in 2009 during the last days of the war in Mullivaikkal, Sri Lanka, May 18, 2015. © 2015 AP Photo (New York) – Ten years since the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, the government has failed to provide justice for the conflict’s many […]

Fear Returns to Sri Lanka After Bombings

Expand Sri Lankan soldiers secure a Muslim neighborhood following an overnight clash in Poruthota, a village in Negombo, about 35 kilometers North of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 6, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena This month marks 10 years since the end of Sri Lanka’s long and brutal civil war. But instead of celebrating […]

Sri Lanka: Prosecute Easter Sunday Attackers

Expand Relatives light candles after burial of three victims of the same family, who died at Easter Sunday bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, April 22, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe   The attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, are contemptible acts of violence for […]

Sri Lanka: Don’t End Death Penalty Moratorium

Expand Visiting Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shake hands following the welcoming ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at the Presidential Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines.  © 2019 AP Photo/Bullit Marquez (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should drop plans to resume executions, which would end an unofficial 43-year […]