» 10/10/2014, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lankan human rights activist attacked with iron bars
In Geneva, the government reiterates its commitment to fight human rights violations. At home, a human rights activist is attacked and beaten by four men because he organised a demonstration in favour of another activist who has been in jail for months.
25/03/2014 SRI LANKA - UN
Geneva, 5 thousand Sri Lankans protest against UN human rights resolution
Representatives of the Sri Lankan community in Europe stage a protest outside the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) headquarters. The group asks for Sri Lanka to be given "time to solve its internal problems" related to the process of reconciliation after the Civil War.
No response from Beijing to Ai Weiwei protests but arrests of dissidents continue
Calls for his release mount, to the embarrassed silence of China. Meanwhile the persecution of dissidents continues. Experts say Beijing is showing it can arrest who it wants when it wants indifferent to international pressure.
Officials crack down on petitioners, dissidents ahead of party meeting
27/05/2015 SRI LANKA
Less repression but still forbidden to "disagree" with government in Sri Lanka
This was revealed in a report by Human Rights group, Inform. The report documents an improvement of the situation in the first three months of the presidency Sirisena compared to the regime of Rajapaksa. But cases of critical voices being "silenced" persist.
25/03/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, appeal to government: freedom of expression and movement for Ruki Fernando
For over a year the Catholic activist cannot leave the country or speak with the media. In 2014 he was arrested "for terrorism" for defending another activist. A court released him but has imposed a restraining order.
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