Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Human Rights Council Adopts 16 texts, including on Sri-Lanka, Syria, and the Death Penalty

The Human Rights Council today adopted 16 texts on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, the grave and deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, the death penalty, and on human rights and unilateral coercive measures, among others. Continue reading

Sri Lanka heading in ‘authoritarian direction’

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréAlthough the fighting is over, the suffering is not, the United Nations human rights chief today said wrapping up a week-long visit to Sri Lanka where she warned that the country is sowing the seeds of future discord by limiting personal freedoms and human rights. “I am deeply concerned that Sri Lanka, despite the opportunity provided by the end of the war to Continue reading

Australia’s detention of 46 refugees ‘cruel and degrading’

Villawood Immigration Detention Centre outside Sydney, Australia. Photo: IRINAustralia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases. The Geneva-based Human Rights Committee said Australia should release the Continue reading