Decline in disappearances,unlawful killings in SL: US HR report 2014

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The 2014 Human Rights Report issued by the US State Department, in its section on Sri Lanka has noted a comparative decrease in involuntary disappearances and unlawful killings in relation to the immediate postwar period but has noted a series of many other human rights violations that occurred due to governance issues stemming from Rajapaksa-family dominance.  

The report which was released yesterday notes that among the major violations of human rights were ‘attacks on, and harassment of, civil society activists, journalists, and persons viewed as sympathizers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by individuals allegedly tied to the government; involuntary disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, abuse of detainees, rape, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence committed by police and security forces; and widespread impunity for a broad range of human rights abuses. . .”

Despite the drop in involuntary disappearances and unlawful killings, the report states that media institutions, NGOs and critics of the government were harassed, threatened and attacked by pro-government loyalists which had led to ‘widespread fear and self-censorship by journalists’ that had contributed to deterioration of democratic activity.

The 2014 HR report has also emphasized that military officials implicated in human rights abuses that allegedly occurred during the conflict are yet to be held accountable for alleged violations of international humanitarian law.

It has also referred to the clashes that occurred in the South last year, noting the activities of the Bodu Bala Sena – their attacks and assaults on civilians and members of religious minorities. Among the other human rights abuses noted in the report that occurred last year in Sri Lanka include unlawful killings by security forces, infringement of the government on citizens' privacy rights, neglecting the rights of internally displaced persons, maintaining constitutional authority to maintain control of appointments to previously independent public institutions that oversee the judiciary, police and human rights issues as well as the corruption and lack of transparency of the previous government led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.(LP)

 
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  • Sorinis Saturday, 27 June 2015 11:20 PM

    Now South Africa intends leaving the Internationa Criminal Court because of blatant interference from the west in the affairs of South African governance.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 26 June 2015 01:48 PM

    The monkeys who were behind all this criminality and human rights abuses are taking a rest and will be back come next elections.

    SL Friday, 26 June 2015 02:12 PM

    yeah,better have a report on US as wellPolice shooting on Blacks to death for no reason Mass killing of Blacks attending churches..there is a considerable increase in Blaks killed by whites

    Cheers Friday, 26 June 2015 02:30 PM

    They surely happy with Ranil and Mangala who dance to the tune of UNHRC shame you have lost dignity of a countryman

    Sapu Friday, 26 June 2015 03:52 PM

    SL was becoming a third world country but not anymore

    Sikuru Friday, 26 June 2015 04:07 PM

    It was MR that took away our dignity with murder, rape and white vans, SL lost its name as a paradise with friendly people

    Sikuru Friday, 26 June 2015 04:08 PM

    Read it again! It says that deaths under MR regime decreased as Harassment ,death threats and attacks increased fording journalists into silence

    Sikuru Friday, 26 June 2015 05:23 PM

    There is no reason to praise anyone as the report says that MR continued death threats ,harassment and silencing of journalists in 2014 but only reduced killings

    Bala Friday, 26 June 2015 11:45 AM

    Nothing surprising in the Report - usual well known facts.

    nimal Friday, 26 June 2015 11:46 AM

    for all those IDIOTS will praise the yaha palanaya,this report is in 2014... before yama palanaya..

    Sinhaya Friday, 26 June 2015 11:46 AM

    SL is becoming a third world country....

    Boonda Friday, 26 June 2015 12:51 PM

    Some are hell bend to return to former era of Terror.

    Samantha Perera Friday, 26 June 2015 12:59 PM

    Has US forgotten that 2014 was in Rajapaksa regime?

    Pem Nath Saturday, 27 June 2015 10:28 AM

    This report has nothing to do with the present government and there is no need for them to be happy about it.Its not their doing.


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