Sri Lanka: No Progress on Justice

[Human Rights Watch] The Sri Lankan government in the past year failed to advance justice and accountability for the victims of the country’s 26-year-long civil conflict, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012. While Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north and east became more open, the government deepened repression of basic freedoms throughout the […]

Sri Lankan’s face deportation despite safety fears

[Channel 4] The Channel 4 documentary, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, features devastating video evidence of horrific war crimes committed by both the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers in the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s civil war, in 2009. And it did not end there. Channel 4 News recently obtained evidence from within Sri Lanka’s “closed off” corner, […]

Sri Lanka: “Don’t Abuse the Displaced”

[Human Rights Watch] “It is time for concerned governments like Japan, India, and the US to ensure that President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government and the Tamil Tigers allow the victims of this conflict to live with justice and dignity. Both sides should agree to a humanitarian corridor and otherwise respect the laws of war.” Our latest […]

EU warns Sri Lanka rights abuses threaten trade concessions

[AFP] The European Union threatened on Tuesday to withhold trade concessions from Sri Lanka due to the island’s worsening human rights record. Colombo has come under fire for its rights record, with Human Rights Watch saying recently at least 1,500 people “disappeared” between 2006 and 2007 — mostly ethnic Tamils living in the island’s restive […]