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 [...]

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 [...]

On Hejaaz Hizbullah: The latest victim of Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act

By |July 15th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana|

As much of the island was celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, senior lawyer and minority and civic rights activist Hejaaz Hizbullah got an unusual call from the Ministry of Health. They said they were worried he may have contracted COVID-19 and advised him to remain at home. Hejaaz had [...]

Mainstreaming Of Hate (Thanks) To Racist Ghosts: A Recipe For Disaster For Sri Lanka!

By |July 10th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Lukman Harees|

Listening to a recent venomous speech by the hate monk Ven Ratana mouthing many inaccuracies and canards about everything Muslim, it needs no rocket science to predict the nearing of an explosion of a social volcano and an impending disaster, in the likes of Aluthgama or Digana. Ever since the Easter [...]

Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in Sri Lanka

By |July 10th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

Thank you, Madam President. As the Special Rapporteur’s report demonstrates,[2] the space for Sri Lankan civil society is rapidly shrinking. For several months now, civil society organisations have been subject to intensified military surveillance and questioning by different government authorities.[3] Worryingly, the COVID-19 pandemic has been exploited by the Sri Lankan [...]

Is Sri Lanka On It’s Way To Becoming A Dictatorship?

By |July 6th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka|

A new infographic reveals how President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is ruling Sri Lanka, as if he is autonomous, through powerful militarised task forces that bypass the usual checks and balances of a democratically elected parliament. These bodies are unelected and report directly to the President requiring the full cooperation of the Sri [...]

Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka’s Muslims decry forced cremation

By |July 5th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, BBC|

Sri Lankan authorities are insisting on cremation for coronavirus victims - a practice forbidden by Islam. The nation's minority Muslim community says they are using the pandemic to discriminate, writes BBC Sinhala's Saroj Pathirana. On 4 May, Fathima Rinoza, a 44-year-old mother of three from Sri Lanka's minority Muslim population, was [...]

Public statement regarding allegations and threats against Yasmin Sooka by the Government of Sri Lanka

By |July 4th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Statements|

The undersigned organisations and individuals wish to express our strenuous opposition to the unfounded allegations made by the Government of Sri Lanka against Ms Yasmin Sooka. These allegations and threats against Ms Sooka seek to undermine Ms Sooka’s long standing reputation as a human rights defender and globally recognised justice advocate. [...]

International Social Justice organisations support SA human rights activist threatened by Sri Lanka

By |July 2nd, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka|

By Howard Varney & Piers Pigou Veteran South African human rights campaigner, Yasmin Sooka, is in the crosshairs of efforts to discredit her by the Sri Lankan government. She, and her small non-governmental organisation – the International Truth and Justice Project – is accused of inciting violence against the Sri Lankan [...]

Rights Lawyers Under Fire in Sri Lanka

By |July 1st, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Ruki Fernando|

Last month (May 2020) a Magistrate in Jaffna had withdrawn quarantine orders against the organizers of end of war commemorations, based on appeals by lawyers.[1] At least three lawyers have faced reprisals in the days afterwards. Attorney-at-Law Mr. Roy Dilaksan’s house was reported to have been attacked by unknown persons.[2]  Another [...]

Gnanasara Thero Once Again Inciting Sinhalese Against Muslims

By |June 26th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Latheef Farook|

Malicious campaign pushing discriminated and frustrated Muslims to wall Few weeks ago Ven Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero, known for inciting Sinhalese and unleashing violence against Muslims, said he would dissolve his organisation Bodu Bala Sena as it has achieved its target of setting up a Sinhala Buddhist government without minority support. [...]

Sri Lanka End Persecution of Journalist Dharisha Bastians Targeted for Reports, Defense of Human Rights

By |June 24th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, News / Incidents, Reports|

The Sri Lankan authorities should stop targeting, intimidating and harassing journalist and woman human rights defender Dharisha Bastians and her family. The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Front Line Defenders condemn this assault on human rights and press freedom in Sri Lanka and [...]

UN Special Rapporteur warns of Sri Lanka’s ‘climate of intimidation’

By |June 20th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Tamil Guardian|

UN Special Rapporteur, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, has stated that the increasing surveillance in Sri Lanka in 2019, particularly after the Easter Sunday attacks, “is clearly aimed at creating a climate of intimidation," and warned that the North-East remained "heavily militarized". Voule’s report notes that despite the end of the armed conflict [...]

Sri Lanka Torture Map

By |June 19th, 2020|Articles on Sri Lanka, Reports|

Johannesburg: To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June, two organisations have produced the first torture map of Sri Lanka. It plots 219 sites throughout the island allegedly used for torture of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims by the army, police, navy and paramilitaries over the [...]