Month: November 2015

UNWGEID reveals details of a ‘secret’ detention camp


12234982_1487311188240942_6243009152637870415_nUNWGEID reveals details of a ‘secret’ detention camp

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID) concluding its visit to Sri Lanka today said they found an ‘unofficial’ detention centre operating within the confines of a Navy camp in Trincomalee where detainees had been held for prolonged periods and likely tortured.


SAHR statement over the declaration of state of emergency by the Government of the Maldives


SAHR statement over the declaration of state of emergency by the Government of the Maldives
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional, democratic network of human rights defenders expresses its deep concern over the declaration of state of emergency for 30 days by the government of the Maldives on 5 November 2015 and the repercussions of the same such as curtailment of civil and political liberties of the citizens. SAHR firmly urges the revoking of the state of emergency to restore the rule of law.

SAHR regrets that lack of an independent judiciary, of respect for fair trial rights and procedural safeguards for the right to liberty, a climate of impunity for attacks on civil society, and oppression of political dissent have derailed the country from its democratic course adopted in 2008. SAHR calls upon the Government, the political opposition and all major stakeholders to engage in a meaningful dialogue in order to prevent further intensification of the political tensions and ensure that the people of the Maldives can enjoy democratic governance, and all fundamental freedoms without fear.

On behalf of the members of South Asians for Human Rights

Hina Jilani

Dr. Nimalka Fernando


Nepal – UN Members deeply concerned about caste discrimination and untouchability


PRESS RELEASE issued jointly by the Nepal Dalit National Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO), Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), The Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) and the Jagaran Media Center (JMC) on behalf of the Dalit Civil Society Organisations Coalition and by the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN).

UN Nepal UPR Review calls for effective implementation of Caste-Based Discrimination law

(Geneva, November 5, 2015) – Seventeen United Nations member states raised their concerns and recommendations on caste discrimination at the United Nations Periodic Review of Nepal, urging the Government, in particular, to ensure effective implementation of the Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability Act of 2011.