Amnesty USA’s HR Concerns

Sri Lanka Human Rights

Human Rights Concerns

Sri Lanka’s brutal 26-year civil war between the government forces and separatists from the Tamil minority ended with a government victory in May 2009. During the war, both sides committed gross human rights abuses, including war crimes, for which no one has been held accountable. Enforced disappearances and torture have continued to be reported since the war’s end. Hundreds remain detained without charge or trial. Independent journalists and human rights defenders have been harassed and attacked. Draconian security laws inconsistent with international standards remain in place.

On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, it is not enough to just highlight names and stories. These four cases show why — and how — people must speak out in the face of si…

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  1. Roja Rasanayagam

    Rajapaksha is defeated in the elections. Maithripala is the new man with willingness for reform. Hopefully the Tamils might capitalise on this with realistic goals. Is Mathiri the son of the old time UNP minister Maithripala Senanayake. No relation of Dudley, Rukman stock.