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INDONESIA: Public Defenders under the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation face terror and intimidation

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-010-2021  September 24, 2021 ———————————...

SRI LANKA: Women take humans rights to the mainstream

By Basil Fernando Human rights have now become very much an integral part of public discussions in almost all public media. At one time, it remained an interest confined to a few groups and persons wh...

INDONESIA: 44 people dead in a tragic incident at the Tangerang Class 1 Penitentiary Banten Province

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-009-2021 September 23, 2021 ———————————̵...

SRI LANKA: “Should we take the High Commissioner’s statement seriously?” A comment on a TV discussion

By Basil Fernando A discussion on the statement made by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner (HC) for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 13th S...

INDONESIA: Two suspects who brutally attacked a journalist not yet detained

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME Urgent Appeal Update: AHRC-UAU-001-2021  September 17, 2021 RE: Journalist Brutally Attacked While Carrying Out Media Coverage —&#...

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s rapidly shrinking public space

by Basil Fernando The freedom of association In the past few months, the Sri Lankan Government intensified its pressure against associations who are contributing to defend the rights of people against...

INDONESIA: Two Human Rights defenders receive warning letters after criticizing the Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-008-2021  September 15, 2021 ———————————...

SRI LANKA: The Emergency Powers Of The President & The Situation Of Women

By Basil Fernando While Sri Lanka is faced with many crises, the President has acquired the powers to act under the National Security Law by taking emergency powers into his hands. Will that contribut...

INDIA: Annual Mystery fever returns to kill dozens, where are the authorities?

Mystery fevers are no strangers to many states in India. They keep returning, almost annually, leaving a death toll behind. They make news with their onset, media follows the trails, deaths subside an...

WORLD: Measuring the impact of advocacy programmes

BY Basil Fernando “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche The word advocacy is used for various purposes and in each case, there is a different connotation atta...

SRI LANKA: UN Human Rights Mechanisms Ought to Explore New Approaches to Protect Rights

For several decades now, the widespread practice of enforced disappearances has been experienced in Sri Lanka in a very large scale Despite many attempts by the UN human rights agencies including the ...

BANGLADESH: Pro-government entities create copyright disputes over virtual contents critical of the regime

Governmental repressions continue as Bangladesh keeps curbing the civic space of the people with impunity. The Sheikh Hasina government has systematically using multiple technics and spying technologi...

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: නුපුරුදු සෙල්ලමක අවසානයේ පටන්ගැන්ම

බැසිල් ප්‍රනාන්දු රටක් තමන් විසින්ම පාලනය කර ගැන්ම ලංකාවේ වර්ථමාන කාලය ත...

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: නව පරපුරක තත්වාවබෝධය

බැසිල් ප්‍රනාන්දු ලංකාව අද විවිධකාර මහාපරිමාන ගැටලු පිළිබදව අවබෝධයක් ලබ...

SRI LANKA: People’s Resilience and Judicial Independence

By Basil Fernando The people of Sri Lanka, like those in several other countries, are learning that their past could cost them their lives and the lives of their loved ones and those of many others. C...

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: මනෝමය රාජ්‍ය හා හිතුවක්කාර ආණ්ඩුක්‍රමය

බැසිල් ප්‍රනාන්දු මේ දිනවල ප්‍රසිද්ධ සාකච්ඡාවේ මූලිකම තේමාවක් බවට පත්...

SRI LANKA: SLPP: One Year of Non-Governance

By Basil Fernando As the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is reaching its first year of governance, which some may call non governance, the question that may be in the minds of many is where is it g...

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: ආණ්ඩු අසාර්ථක වන්නේ ඇයි..?

2015 දී පත් කරන ලද ආණ්ඩුව 2019 වන විට දැඩි ජන අප‍්‍රසාදයකට ලක්ව පරාජය වූයේ ඇයි...

SRI LANKA: The changing language in social movements in Sri Lanka

By Basil Fernando As compared to the key words and concepts which were commonly used in the social movements of Sri Lanka which were sometimes also referred to as Leftist movements, the language that ...

SRI LANKA: Why the British colonial ‘rule of law’ project failed

By Basil Fernando Why did the British colonial project for introducing the rule of law fail? There may be many reasons for such a failure and these may differ from one country to another. However, the...