Don't be fooled… SL simply changed name of draconian laws

September 9, 2011 Comments Off on Don't be fooled… SL simply changed name of draconian laws

Human Rights Watch – Sri Lanka: ‘Bait and Switch’ on Emergency Law

Abusive Detention Powers Remain in Place

September 7, 2011

The Sri Lankan government announced that the state of emergency is over, but it is holding on to the same draconian powers it had during the war. Governments that have called for the repeal of the emergency powers should not be fooled by this cynical “bait and switch.”
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Emergency regulations lifted in Sri Lanka do not affect existing and new laws that allow the government to detain people for long periods without trial, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Sri Lankan parliament, at the request of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, allowed emergency regulations in place nearly continuously since 1971 to expire on August 31, 2011. However, the 1979 Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and other laws and regulations permitting detention without charge for up to 18 months leave an abusive detention regime in place, Human Rights Watch said. And proposed legislation will allow the authorities to continue to detain more than 6,000 people now held under emergency regulations… More

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Rajapakse regime afraid of the truth – HRW

August 4, 2011 Comments Off on Rajapakse regime afraid of the truth – HRW

Human Rights Watch – Sri Lanka: No Justice in Massacre of Aid Workers

Five Years On, Government Unwilling to Prosecute Soldiers, Police

August 3, 2011

On the fifth anniversary of the murder of 17 aid workers, the Sri Lankan government is no closer to prosecuting those responsible. The Rajapaksa government is not just unwilling to uncover the truth, it appears afraid of the truth.
James Ross, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Sri Lankan government’s failure to bring to justice those responsible for the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers five years ago highlights a broader lack of will to prosecute soldiers and police for rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite strong evidence of involvement by the security forces in the killings, government inquiries have languished and no one has been arrested for the crime.

On August 4, 2006, gunmen murdered the 17 Sri Lankan aid workers – 16 ethnic Tamils and one Muslim – with the Paris-based international humanitarian agency Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger, ACF) in their office compound in the town of Mutur, Trincomalee district. The killings followed a battle between Sri Lankan government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for control of the town… More

SL simply whitewashing evidence of war crimes – HRW

August 2, 2011 Comments Off on SL simply whitewashing evidence of war crimes – HRW

Human Rights Watch – Sri Lanka: Official Report Whitewashes Military Abuses

Admits Civilian Deaths for the First Time, but Puts All Blame on Tamil Tigers

August 1, 2011

“The Sri Lankan government is finally admitting that its forces caused civilians losses during the conflict’s final months, but unconvincingly claims no responsibility. This is just the latest and glossiest effort to whitewash mounting evidence of government atrocities during the fighting.”
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – A new Sri Lankan Defense Ministry report concedes for the first time that government forces caused civilian deaths in the final months of the conflict with the Tamil Tigers but takes no responsibility for laws-of-war violations, Human Rights Watch said today. The report, “Humanitarian Operation – Factual Analysis,” issued on August 1, 2011, claims that government forces did not use artillery against populated areas despite considerable evidence to the contrary and ignores compelling evidence of summary executions by its soldiers… More

HRW on Tamil 'disappearences'

April 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

HRW – Sri Lanka: Account for Wartime Disappearances

More Than 20 People Last Seen in Army Custody Remain Missing

April 7, 2011

(New York) – The Sri Lankan government should account for everyone who was taken into custody at the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long armed conflict in May 2009 and are feared to have been “disappeared,” Human Rights Watch said today. Despite numerous requests from families for information about their relatives, the authorities do not appear to have conducted any serious investigations, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch said unresolved enforced disappearances should be part of the mandate of a proposed United Nations investigation into laws-of-war violations by both government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). A Panel of Experts appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on steps for ensuring accountability for laws-of-war violations in Sri Lanka is expected to hand over its report later in April 2011.  More

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