Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* U.S. concerned about continued intimidation of Sri Lankan civil society
Sat, Mar 22, 2014, 10:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 22, Washington, DC: The United States Friday expressed concern over intensifying pressure on Sri Lankan civil society and human rights activists.

In a press statement Jen Psaki, the State Department Spokesperson said the U.S. is especially concerned by the detention of well-known human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan after they made inquiries regarding the arrest of another activist.

Psaki while noting that it is encouraging that two activists have since been released said they continue to face harassment by security forces and other human rights groups are also being targeted by the Sri Lankan government.

"We are also aware of reports that additional human rights groups are being targeted for investigation by security forces," the spokesperson said.

"It is disturbing that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken punitive measures against its own brave citizens who have devoted their careers and lives to investigating alleged human rights abuses by both sides during Sri Lanka's long and brutal civil conflict," the statement noted.

"These detentions and the continued harassment of those who support the quest for reconciliation and accountability send a chilling effect across Sri Lanka's vibrant civil society, and undermine Sri Lanka's proud democratic traditions."

The U.S. said together with international partners, it continues to pursue a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.

"We are undertaking this action due to our support for the Sri Lankan people and strong concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Sri Lankans, including freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly, and due process of law for those accused of crimes, consistent with Sri Lanka's international human rights obligations," the statement further said.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
President promises a comprehensive program to uplift Sri Lanka's sports sector
-- [1 hour and 42 minutes ago]
Austrian President lauds peace and progress in Sri Lanka
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka, Poland to partner in energy, ICT sectors to boost bilateral trade
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lankan court sentences four soldiers to 25 years for gang rape of Tamil woman
-- [4 hours ago]
Expenditure for Sri Lankan President's residence renovation and vehicles clarified
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka, Japan to deepen multifaceted cooperation under a Comprehensive Partnership
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to seek international bids for first urban railway system
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka reiterates pledge to allocate 6 percent of GDP to education
-- [6 hours ago]
UPFA parliamentarian Janaka Bandara Tennakoon remanded
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka will not implement death penalty for now - Justice Minister

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.