Concerns Relating to the Recent Regulations Issued Under the Prevention of Terrorism Act

By |March 18th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, CPA|

Colombo Sri Lanka: The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is alarmed by the Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01 of 2021 (hereinafter the regulations) published on the 12th of March 2021. The regulations are drafted in a manner that can further jeopardise the rights [...]

PRG expresses its extreme concern about the continuing demonization and targeting of the Muslim Community

By |March 17th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

People’s Rights Group (PRG), a rights based advocacy and lobbying group based in the UK particularly dealing with human rights violations in Sri Lanka, notes with serious concern the continued harassment, targeting and demonization of the Muslim community by the Government of Sri Lanka despite the Government’s decision to allow for [...]

Sri Lanka: ‘Religious Disharmony’ Order Threatens Minorities – HRW

By |March 16th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch|

(New York) – Sri Lanka’s government should immediately withdraw an order that allows two-years of detention without trial for causing “religious, racial, or communal disharmony,” Human Rights Watch said today. The Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01 of 2021, issued on March 9, 2021, [...]

Sri Lanka: Government Suffocating Dissent and Obstructing Justice for Historic Crimes

By |February 17th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Reports|

Amnesty International Press Release: The Sri Lankan Government has launched a renewed crackdown on dissent that is severely curtailing civil society freedom and obstructing efforts to deliver justice for conflict-era crimes under international law, said Amnesty International, in a new report published today. The report, Old ghosts in new garb: Sri [...]

Sri Lanka: Experts dismayed by regressive steps, call for renewed UN scrutiny and efforts to ensure accountability

By |February 5th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, United Nations|

GENEVA (5 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* have urged the Sri Lankan authorities to stop rolling back hard fought progress made in recent years on rebuilding democratic institutions, and to press for accountability for past crimes and deliver justice for victims and promote reconciliation between communities. The independent experts [...]

Sri Lanka: Justice Under Attack

By |February 1st, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch|

UN Human Rights Council Should Pursue Accountability - Human Rights Watch (Geneva) – Sri Lanka’s government is aggressively attacking efforts to hold officials to account for past grave abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 93-page report, “Open Wounds and Mounting Dangers: Blocking Accountability for Grave Abuses [...]

The Heavy Price That Sri Lanka Will Have To Pay For Denying Burial Rights

By |February 1st, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Mass Usuf|

“The High Commissioner is deeply concerned by the trends emerging over the past year, which may represent early warning signs of a deteriorating human rights situation” states the latest report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) dated 27 January 2021. For how long can the truth [...]

Sri Lanka on alarming path towards recurrence of grave human rights violations – UN report

By |January 27th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, United Nations|

GENEVA (27 January 2021) – A new UN report published on Wednesday warns that the failure of Sri Lanka to address past violations has significantly heightened the risk of human rights violations being repeated. It highlights worrying trends over the past year, such as deepening impunity, increasing militarization of governmental functions, [...]

Sri Lanka: Compulsory cremation of COVID-19 bodies cannot continue, say UN experts

By |January 25th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka|

GENEVA (25 January 2021) – UN human rights experts today urged the Sri Lankan Government to end its policy of forced cremation of the COVID-19 deceased, saying it ran contrary to the beliefs of Muslims and other minorities in the country, and could foment existing prejudices, intolerance and violence. “The imposition [...]

PRG calls on Government of Sri Lanka to urgently conduct an impartial investigation into allegations of manipulation of COVID results to harass Muslims

By |January 20th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

People’s Rights Group (PRG), a rights based advocacy and lobbying group based in the UK particularly dealing with human rights violations in Sri Lanka, expresses its deep concern over reports in the social media that results of the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests conducted by the government health authorities both randomly and [...]

Forcible Cremation: A Blatant Case of Racial Discrimination

By |January 15th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Farah Mihlar|

Dr. Farah Mihlar For nine months Muslims in Sri Lanka have been begging the government to allow them to bury relatives who have died of COVID-19. Their plea has been supported by some non-Muslim civil society and religious leaders and international organisations on the grounds that the government’s policy violates human [...]

PRG Condemns the Wanton Destruction of the Tamil Memorial in Jaffna!

By |January 9th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

People’s Rights Group (PRG), a rights based advocacy and lobbying group based in the UK particularly dealing with human rights violations in Sri Lanka, strongly condemns the abhorrent action of the Sri Lankan authorities, razing down a memorial located on the campus of the University of Jaffna varsity commemorating tens of [...]

The Muslim Council of Britain to launch legal action against Sri Lankan government’s ‘forced cremations’

By |December 30th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, MCB|

The Muslim Council of Britain to launch legal action against Sri Lankan government’s ‘forced cremations’ “The ongoing ‘forced cremation’ policy by the Sri Lankan Government of COVID-19 deceased has included a 20-day old baby and over 100 Muslims according to a reliable source. In response to this, the Muslim Council of [...]

Contentious ‘Forced Cremation’ Issue: Danger Of Muslim Emotions Being Exploited!

By |December 28th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Lukman Harees|

Sri Lanka is already hit particularly hard due to a perfect storm of crises: Covid pandemic realities, general economic mismanagement, sale of national assets, shrinking of democratic space, militarization of the establishment, rule of law, social injustice as well as a social volcano about to explode. People are fighting a running [...]

PRG expresses solidarity with British Sri Lankans who have conducted a protest against forced cremations

By |December 12th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

People’s Rights Group (PRG), an advocacy and lobbying rights Group based in the UK, operating with the purpose of taking up issues and/or assisting the victims of human rights violation arising inter-alia from hate speech/crimes, discrimination, harassment, bigotry, and double standards, expresses solidarity with British Sri Lankans who have conducted a [...]

PRG calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to act upon the recommendations of the HRCSL and immediately stop forcible cremation of Covid-19 victims

By |November 26th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

People’s Rights Group (PRG), an advocacy and lobbying rights Group based in the UK, operating with the purpose of taking up issues and/or assisting the victims of human rights violation arising inter-alia from hate speech/crimes, discrimination, harassment, bigotry, and double standards, notes with appreciation and welcomes, the principled stance taken by [...]

The Constitutionality of Forced Cremations of COVID-19 Victims in Sri Lanka

By |November 8th, 2020|Althaf Marsoof, Articles on Sri Lanka|

By Althaf Marsoof Abstract: Earlier this year, the Government of Sri Lanka decided that all bodies of persons who had (or suspected to have) COVID-19 shall be disposed of by cremation. Although this decision appears to be neutral, it has significantly impacted the Muslims of Sri Lanka, as they strongly believe [...]

PRG expresses its concern over the Government of Sri Lanka’s move to arbitrarily impose limitations on the establishment of Muslim places of worship

By |October 21st, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

People’s Rights Group (PRG), a rights based advocacy and lobbying group focusing on human rights violations in Sri Lanka expresses its concern over the Government of Sri Lanka’s move to arbitrarily impose limitations on the establishment of Muslim places of worship. In a circular (No MRCA/W/1/2020/01) referring to decision No WB/8598/2020 [...]

Declining Role Of Intellectuals In These Times Of Populism – A Tragedy For Mankind!

By |September 6th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Lukman Harees|

The intellectual debility of contemporary conservatism is indicated by its silence on all important matters’ ~ Christopher Lasch In times of populism, soundbites, and policy-by-Twitter such as we live in today, the first victims to suffer the slings and arrows of the demagogues are intellectuals. These people have been demonised for [...]

Increasing Muslim Law Students Becomes An ‘Invasion’! In A Land Like No Other!

By |July 31st, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Lukman Harees|

“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” ~ Abraham Heschel Will Rogers once said “everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke”. Judging by what former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena [...]