NGO Statements on the arrests

International Organisations

 

Joint Statement from Amnesty International, Forum Asia, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the International Commission of Jurists:

‘Sri Lanka: Free prominent human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen’

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/sri-lanka-free-prominent-human-rights-defenders-ruki-fernando-and-father-praveen-2014-03-17

Statemement from The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

‘Sri Lanka: Arbitrary arrest of human rights defenders Mr. Ruki Fernando and Rev. Praveen Mahesan’

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/sri-lanka/2014/03/d22594/

Statements from International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

‘Sri Lanka: Release of Mr. Ruki Fernando and Rev. Praveen Mahesan, but arbitrary detention of Ms. Balendran Jeyakumari continues’

http://www.fidh.org/en/asia/sri-lanka/14982-sri-lanka-release-of-mr-ruki-fernando-and-rev-praveen-mahesan-but

‘Sri Lanka: Further acts of harassment against Mr. Ruki Fernando and Rev. Praveen Mahesan’

http://www.fidh.org/en/asia/sri-lanka/15011-sri-lanka-further-acts-of-harassment-against-mr-ruki-fernando-and-rev

Statements from Frontline Defenders

‘Sri Lanka: Detention of human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Rev. Praveen Mahesan’

http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/25423

‘Update: Sri Lanka – Release of Mr Ruki Fernando and Rev Praveen Mahesan’.

http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/25435

‘Sri Lanka: Update – Two human rights defenders banned from speaking to international media’

http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/25495

Letter from the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to David Cameron

‘Arrest and detention of Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan’

http://www.humanrightsinitiative.org/pressrelease/2014/SriLanka-HRDarrests-March2014.pdf

Statements and Updates from the International Federation of Journalists

‘Sri Lankan free speech activists muzzled following detainment on terrorism charges’

http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/browse/3/backpid/33/article/ifj-asia-pacific-bulletin/

Statement from the Centre for Applied Human Rights

Deep concern at the arrest of human rights defender, Mr Ruki Fernando

http://www.york.ac.uk/cahr/news/2014/fernando-arrest/

CAHR former visiting fellow, Sri Lankan human rights defender Ruki Fernando has been released from police custody

http://www.york.ac.uk/cahr/news/2014/fernando-release/

 

Statement from Missionary Oblates from Mary immaculate

Statement  on  the  Recent  Arrest  of  Fr.  Praveen  Mahesan  OMI, Ruki  Fernando  and  Ms  Balendran  Jeyakumary

http://omiusajpic.org/files/2014/03/Statement-on-the-release-of-Fr-Praveen-Ruki-Fernando-and-Ms-Jeyakumari-March-19-2014_final.pdf

 

Statement from Tamil Information Centre

‘Arrest and detention of Ruki Fernando and Rev. Fr. Praveen’

http://www.ticonline.org/takeactiondetails.php?id=9

 

Statement from Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

‘Release Balendran Jeyakumari! Stop Harassments of Sri Lankan Human Rights Defenders!’

http://www.afad-online.org/news/10-statements/180-release-balendran-jeyakumari-stop-harassments-of-sri-lankan-human-rights-defenders

Statements from the Asian Human Rights Commission

‘The Sri Lankan Government retaliates to the proposed Human Rights Council resolution by arresting activists and witnesses’

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-045-2014/?searchterm=Ruki%20Fernando

‘Court orders to silence two human rights activist’

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-052-2014

 

Open Letter from South Asian Citizen Web to the Sri Lankan President

‘SAHR open letter to the President of Sri Lanka condemns the arrest of Mr. Ruki Fernando and other human rights defenders’

http://www.sacw.net/article7996.html

 

Joint Statement from CIVICUS, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), and the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice (SLCPJ)

‘International civil society calls on Sri Lanka to release human rights activists ‘

http://www.civicus.org/media-centre-129/press-releases/1988-international-civil-society-calls-on-sri-lanka-to-release-human-rights-activists

 

National Organisations

Joint Statement from Sri Lankan Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and concerned individuals

‘Statement condemning arbitrary arrest and detention of human rights defenders, Ruki Fernando, Fr. Praveen Mahesan, victims and their families’

http://www.ft.lk/2014/03/22/statement-condemning-arbitrary-arrest-and-detention-of-human-rights-defenders-ruki-fernando-fr-praveen-mahesan-victims-and-their-families/

Statement from Jaffna Catholics

‘The arrest in Sri Lanka of Rev. Fr. Praveen and Ruki Fernando’

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/forwarded-news/AHRC-FPR-009-2014

 

Statement from Centre for Policy Alternatives

‘Statement on arbitrary detention of Human Rights Defenders’

http://www.cpalanka.org/statement-on-arbitrary-detention-of-human-rights-defenders/

 

Statements from National Peace Council

‘Reassess arrest of Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan and uphold rule of law and due process’

http://www.peace-srilanka.org/media-centre/press-releases/788-media-release-17-03-2014

‘Release of Human Rights Defenders is a step in the right direction’

http://www.peace-srilanka.org/media-centre/press-releases/789-media-release-1-20-3-14

 

Statement from Law and Society Trust

‘Arrest and detention of Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen, OMI’

http://www.lawandsocietytrust.org/PDF/Arbitrary%20detention%20of%20prominent%20human%20rights%20activists.pdf

 

Statements from Free Media Movement

‘Free Media Movement deplores judicial order banning right to speak of two Human Rights Defenders’

http://www.rightsnow.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/attachment-3882875170.pdf

 

Statement from Caritas – Sri Lanka: Social and Economic Development Centre

‘Statement on the Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of a catholic Priest and a Layman’

http://www.caritaslk.org/images/stories/Statement.pdf

 

Statement from Campaign on Free and Fair Elections

‘CaFFE and CHR concerned over arrest of two HR activists in Kilinochchi’

http://www.caffesrilanka.org/more-4a-9339-2.html

Statement from United National Party

http://www.unp.lk/index.php/2012-01-16-16-40-29/news/1728-statement-issued-by-the-united-national-party

 

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