PRG expresses extreme concern about the divisive views expressed by the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary and the Ethos and Racist mindset of the Ruling Regime!

By |December 26th, 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 grave concern, the reasoning provided by the Defence Secretary Retd. General Kamal Gunaratne during a recent televised interview organised by the Presidential Media Unit, to [...]

PRG expresses its deep shock and dismay over the appointment of the Presidential Task Force on ‘One Country; One Law’

By |November 5th, 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 strongest concern and deep shock over the recent appointment by the President, under Article 33 of the Constitution, of a 13-member task force to study [...]

Sri Lanka: Authorities must end violence and discrimination against Muslims

By |October 18th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka|

Sri Lanka’s Muslim community has suffered consistent discrimination, harassment and violence since 2013, culminating in the adoption of government policies explicitly targeting the minority group, said Amnesty International, in a new report published today. From Burning Houses to Burning Bodies: Anti-Muslim Harassment, Discrimination and Violence in Sri Lanka, traces the development of [...]

Government Driven MMDA Reforms propose to abolish the role of the Wali. How will it impact on the rights and well-being of women?

By |October 14th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka|

Among other amendments, the government driven MMDA reforms propose the abolition of the role of Wali, the male guardian whose consent is required for a man to marry a Muslim woman. Currently only the Wali signs on the marriage registration and the role of the Wali is mandatory. If a Wali [...]

PRG expresses extreme concern about the Cabinet Decision to abolish material provisions of the Muslim Marriages and Divorces Act (MMDA) and the continuing discriminatory policies of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL)

By |October 2nd, 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 a sense of extreme concern and trepidation about the continuing developments which have been unravelling in Sri Lanka which negatively impacts upon the fundamental rights [...]

Sri Lanka – End arbitrary arrests, reprisals against human rights defenders and activists advocating for education rights

By |September 28th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka|

We the undersigned human rights organizations strongly condemn the ongoing persecution and reprisals by Sri Lankan authorities against student leaders, labour union leaders, teachers, academics, and others involved in recent protests against education policies in the country. Sri Lankan authorities have responded to the expression of dissent, protests and the exercise [...]

PRG strongly Decries the Israeli Military Escalation in Jerusalem and Gaza and calls on the International community to stop the bloodshed and Israeli Impunity

By |May 18th, 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 extreme concern the deteriorating security situation in Jerusalem and Gaza due to military escalation initiated by the Israeli Government and the severe levels of Israeli [...]

PRG Report Reveals that Accountability and Justice are yet a far-away dream for Victims of Post-Easter Mob Attacks

By |May 12th, 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 calls on the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to fully investigate and prosecute those who were responsible for the May 11-15, 2019 attacks on Muslim communities in [...]

OIC-IPHRC categorically condemns Sri Lanka’s enactment of discriminatory laws under the pretext of deradicalization

By |April 29th, 2021|Articles on Sri Lanka, OIC|

OIC-IPHRC categorically condemns Sri Lanka’s enactment of discriminatory laws under the pretext of ‘deradicalization’ and ‘counter terrorism’ prompting arbitrary arrests, torture and banning of burqa as tantamount to grave deprivations of human rights of Muslim minorities and violative of Sri Lanka’s international human rights obligations. Jeddah 29th April 2021: The Independent [...]

PRG expresses its extreme concern about the shrinking civil space and the growing victimization of writers, activists and journalists in Sri Lanka

By |April 24th, 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 extreme concern the gradual shrinking of civic space, particularly for the exercise of the right to free expression  in Sri Lanka. In the broader context, [...]

People’s Rights Group Calls for Accountability and Justice, And an End to Harassment of Minorities

By |April 22nd, 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 solidarity with the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks of 2019, and demand that the Government of Sri Lanka stops using it as an excuse [...]

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 [...]