SRI LANKA: Government failing to cooperate with the Human Rights Council and eradicate torture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2011 ALRC-CWS-16-11-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Sixteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status SRI LANKA: Government failing to cooperate with the Human Rights Council and eradicate torture The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) is gravely concerned by the widespread and endemic use of torture in Sri Lanka and the lack of any credible action by the government, as shown by its failure to implement the many recommendations made by the United Nations (UN) human rights system, notably the Special […]

SRI LANKA: Right to the truth required regarding “death sentences” carried out secretly by state agencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2010 ALRC-CWS-15-13-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 4 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status SRI LANKA: Right to the truth required regarding “death sentences” carried out secretly by state agencies 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the Human Rights Council of a phenomenon that is of grave concern to the organization with regard to Sri Lanka and the wider Asian region. The ALRC is seriously disturbed by claims that have been made by some security agencies about their right to decide on “death sentences” […]

SRI LANKA: Lack of safe drinking water leading to upsurge in health problems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2010 ALRC-CWS-15-11-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 3 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status SRI LANKA: Lack of safe drinking water leading to upsurge in health problems The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) joins the UN Independent Expert on human rights, water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, in welcoming the landmark resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 28 July 2010 that recognised water and sanitation as a human right. Every year, nearly 1.8 million people die from diarrhoeal diseases, including cholera, according to the WHO. Of […]

BURMA and SRI LANKA: Council required to take effective action to address human rights crises

Date: September 22, 2009 Document id: ALRC-COS-12-09-2009 Speaker: Michael Anthony HRC section: Item 4, General Debate An Oral Statement to the 12th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status BURMA and SRI LANKA: Council required to take effective action to address human rights crises Thank you Mr. President, The Council is currently failing to effectively address human rights crises, for example those in Sri Lanka and Myanmar. This is not simply a failing of political will, but also one of approach. In Sri Lanka, the continuing grave situation of IDPs is testimony to this. Furthermore, the […]

SRI LANKA: Killing and Enforced Disappearances of Religious Leaders and Attacks on Places of Religious Worship in Sri Lanka

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2007 AL-025-2007 A Joint Statement submitted by Rukshan Fernando on behalf of Pax Romana-ICMICA/MIIC, Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), FORUM-ASIA and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), in cooperation with Centre for Policy Alternatives, INFORM, Law & Society Trust (LST) and Rights Now, as part of the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief SRI LANKA: Killing and Enforced Disappearances of Religious Leaders and Attacks on Places of Religious Worship in Sri Lanka We would like to bring to the notice of the Council the trend of attacks on religious leaders and places of worship […]

SRI LANKA: Killing and Enforced Disappearances of Religious Leaders and Attacks on Places of Religious Worship in SRI LANKA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2007 AL-021-2007 A Joint Written Statement submitted by the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), a non-governmental organization on the roster, Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation in general consultative status and Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, a NGO in Special Consultative Status to the 6th session of the Human Rights Council SRI LANKA: Killing and Enforced Disappearances of Religious Leaders and Attacks on Places of Religious Worship in SRI LANKA[1] 1. Introduction The escalation of the conflict between the Sri Lankan Security Forces, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and other armed groups […]

SRI LANKA: Human Rights Council must act on killings and forced disappearances in Sri Lanka

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2007 AL-019-2007 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) to the 6th session of the UN Human Rights Council SRI LANKA: Human Rights Council must act on killings and forced disappearances in Sri Lanka The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) is gravely concerned by the insufficient action on the part of the Human Rights Council to address the growing problem of extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances in Sri Lanka. The ALRC has alerted the international community, including the Human Rights Council, concerning this growing and extremely grave situation on numerous occasions. For example, the issue of disappearances was communicated as a […]

SRI LANKA: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2007 AL-015-2007 A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre SRI LANKA: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers The following is a statement delivered on behalf of the Asian Legal Resource Centre supported by the Law society and Trust, Sri Lanka at 5th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. June 11th 2007  5th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Oral Intervention of the Asian Legal Resource Centre, Hong Kong supported by the Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka Speaker: Ms. Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena Thank you Mr. President, The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the report presented […]

SRI LANKA: Serious Concerns Affecting Sri Lanka’s Judiciary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2007 AL-012-2007 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifth session A Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre, supported by the Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka SRI LANKA:  Serious Concerns Affecting Sri Lanka’s Judiciary 1. Introduction Sri Lanka’s legal system was originally a combination of the Roman-Dutch Law and English Law. The present system of judicial administration and organization is based on the current Constitution, introduced in 1978. The judiciary comprises the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Provincial High Courts, District Courts, Magistrates’ Courts and Primary Courts. The Supreme Court is the country’s highest court, headed by the Chief Justice and comprising between six and […]

Rape and police inaction in Sri Lanka

Item 12(a) : INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 18. Rape and Police Inaction in Sri Lanka Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 12(a) of the Provisional Agenda INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Rape and police inaction in Sri Lanka 1. Sex, the most beautiful and sacred element of life and creative source of energy, is frequently debased into a tool-a weapon-to defeat, humiliate and destroy Asia’s women and children. This form […]