Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

This oral update is presented pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, which was adopted by consensus with the co-sponsorship of Sri Lanka.

Human Rights Monitoring Report April 1 – 30, 2016

Untitled-1Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State.

Sri Lanka Civil Society faces Challenges in Promoting Human Rights

Sri Lanka’s new government has taken several positive steps including lifting media restrictions and ordering a review into the cases of political prisoners. A new amendment to the constitution curtailing some presidential powers and restoring independence to the public services commissions was passed in April. It has taken no concrete action on accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the civil war that ended in 2009.