U.N. experts decry ‘climate of fear’ in Sri Lanka

[Reuters] Sri Lanka’s journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders are living in fear and need better protection from violence, United Nations investigators said on Monday. In a joint statement, 10 U.N. experts called on the government to act quickly to halt repressive practices. “The fear of reprisals against victims and witnesses, together with a lack…

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Premier Hopes for Peaceful Resolution in Sri Lanka

[Government of Ontario] The Ontario government is deeply concerned about the current conflict in Sri Lanka. Ontario is committed to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights, where all persons are valued and treated with dignity.”My heart goes out to Ontarians who are worried about friends and family members in Sri Lanka during this…

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Obama pressed over human rights

[BBC] A leading advocacy group called today for US President-elect Barack Obama to put human rights at the centre of US foreign, domestic and security policy. The US-based Human Rights Watch called on Mr Obama to undo “the enormous damage” of the Bush administration. The group’s annual report criticises Israel and Hamas for what it…

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60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Time to Deliver

[ Amnesty International ] Amnesty International today called on governments to make the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a time for action not just for celebration. “The senseless killings in Mumbai, thousands of people fleeing the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of thousands more trapped in dire…

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Sri Lanka’s ‘white van syndrome’

[BBC] The Sri Lankan government claims to be on the verge of delivering a knockout blow to the Tamil Tigers. But in its pursuit of victory, has the government lost the chance of lasting peace? In 2006, an internationally brokered ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) broke…

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