Sri Lanka Letters

Sri Lanka: Oral Statement to UN HRC Applauding Recommendation to Establish a Special Court to Prosecute Crimes against Humanity in Sri Lanka | Oral Statement

Full PDF Version LRWC applauds the recommendation to establish a special court to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka during the 26-year civil war and calls on the Human Rights Council to pass a resolution in the terms recommended. The presentation of … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: Oral Statement at the Human Rights Council 24th Session

Full pdf version Date: September 26, 2013 Check Against Delivery Agenda Item 2 & 10 General Debate Speaker: Ms. Vani Selvarajah Thank you Mr. President, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada wishes to thank Madam High Commissioner Pillay for her oral report on her recent visit to Sri Lanka. … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka Human Rights Defender Sunila Abeyasekara | Oral Statement to the Human Rights Council

Full Statement pdf Date: 9 September 2013 Item 2: General Debate Speaker: Gary Anandasangaree Mr. President, Madam High Commissioner, Your Excellencies You are all too familiar with the work of Sunila Abeyasekara. The name is synonymous with human rights in Sri Lanka – a mission that … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: Oral Intervention at the UN Human Rights Council on Deteriorating Human Rights in Sri Lanka | Statement

PDF version Re: Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner Lawyers Rights Watch Canada March 4, 2013 Speaker: Vani Selvarajah Thank you Mr. President, Madam High Commissioner, on behalf of Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: Threat to arrest individuals attending the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council | Letter

To: President Remigiusz Henczel, UN Human Rights Council From: Gail Davidson, Executive Director, LRWC Re: Threat to arrest individuals attending the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council Date: March 10, 2013 PDF version As you may know, there is a resolution critical of Sri … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: Impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake | Letter

Re: Impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake To: President Mahinda Rajapakse From: Gail Davidson, Executive Director, LRWC Date: January 16, 2013 To view a PDF version, please click here. Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC)[1] is deeply alarmed by the motion passed today by the … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: Reprisals against supporters of Human Rights Council Resolution

Re: Reprisals against supporters of Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/19/L.2, “Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka” To: President Mahinda Rajapakse From: Gail Davidson, Executive Director, LRWC Date: 2012-03-28 Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is deeply … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: PAIKIASOTHY SARAVANAMUTTU – Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives

On 20 August 2009, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu received an anonymous death threat. It had been typed in English and posted to his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka. According to its contents, Saravanamuttu was being targeted because of information he purportedly supplied to the European Union with … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka Human Rights Abuses: Statement made at Interactive Dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 27 February 2012

Sri Lanka: Statement at Interactive Dialogue 27 February 2012 See full statement … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka: 3rd and 4th Periodic Report on the Implementation of the Convention Against Torture

Executive Summary: These submissions are made by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada in aid of the Committee against Torture’s (CAT) examination of the combined 3rd and 4th Periodic Report of Sri Lanka outlining its implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading … [Read more...]