Quotes in the Press

October 2017

30th Oct. 2017, UCA News, “Sri Lankan activists speak out on UN call to address war crimes” https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-activists-speak-out-on-un-call-to-address-war-crimes/80631

September 2017

19th Sept. 2017, The Diplomat, “Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective” https://thediplomat.com/2017/09/putting-sri-lankas-office-of-missing-persons-in-perspective/

August 2017

8th August 2017, UCA News, “Activists welcome Sri Lankan move on Missing Persons Office” https://www.ucanews.com/news/activists-welcome-sri-lankan-move-on-missing-persons-office/79940

May 2017

23rd May 2017, UCA News, “Sri Lankan govt tries to shutdown church service for Tamil dead”, http://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-govt-tries-to-shutdown-church-service-for-tamil-dead/79291

14th May 2017, Sunday Leader, “Human Rights Still An Issue”, http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2017/05/14/human-rights-still-an-issue/

12th May 2017, Roar.lk, “Why A Leaked Counterterrorism Policy Has Civil Society spooked”

https://roar.media/english/reports/reports/why-a-leaked-counterterrorism-policy-has-civil-society-spooked/ 

1st May 2017, Nikkei Asian Review, “Sri Lanka faces trade, human rights link”, http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Sri-Lanka-faces-trade-human-rights-link

March 2017

9th March 2017, Financial Times, “The Geneva ‘disconnect’, http://www.ft.lk/article/602157/ft

February 2017

23rd February 2017, Roar.lk, “Sri Lankan Youth Are Using RTI To Help War-Affected Families”, http://roar.lk/reports/sri-lankan-youth-are-using-rti-to-help-war-affected-families/

22nd February 2017, Anadolu Agency, “Sri Lanka vows to introduce sweeping police reforms”, http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/sri-lanka-vows-to-introduce-sweeping-police-reforms/755666

19th February, The Sunday Leader, “Delay To Establish OMP Raises Hard Questions”, http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2017/02/19/delay-to-establish-omp-raises-hard-questions/

9th February 2017, Financial Times, “TNA accuses Govt. of apathy towards Tamil citizens”, http://www.ft.lk/article/596859/TNA-accuses-Govt–of-apathy-towards-Tamil-citizens

January 2017

26th January 2017, New York Times, “Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers in Sri Lanka Demand Answers”, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/world/asia/sri-lanka-hunger-strike-missing.html?_r=0

December 2016

9th December 2016, groundviews.org, “Human Rights In 2016: Aspiring For More” http://groundviews.org/2016/12/09/human-rights-in-2016-aspiring-for-more/

(Also published at http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/12/11/human-rights-in-2016-aspiring-for-more/ on 11th Dec. 2016)

November 2016

24th November 2016, Roar.lk, “PTA Vs. CTA: Is New Necessarily Better?” http://roar.lk/reports/pta-vs-cta-new-necessarily-better/

11th November 2016, BBC Sinhala service,”ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ යුද්ධය ලන්ඩන් වේදිකාවට කැඳවන ‘The Island Nation'” http://www.bbc.com/sinhala/sri-lanka-37950378

October 2016

27th October 2016, The Hindu, “Draft of new counter-terror law triggers old fears in Sri Lanka” http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/Draft-of-new-counter-terror-law-triggers-old-fears-in-Sri-Lanka/article16082401.ece

August 2016

21st August 2016, Sunday Leader, “Office Of Missing Persons What Is Behind?” http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/08/21/office-of-missing-persons-what-is-behind/

July 2016

18th July 2016, Sunday Times, “Where are the people?” http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160717/business-times/where-are-the-people-201069.html

June 2016

9th June 2016, Daily Mirror, “Mauri pleads to President for justice for abducted husband” DM story on Mauris protest-09June2016

May 2016

26th May 2016, Huffington Post, “Examining Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taylor-dibbert/examining-sri-lankas-offi_b_10148336.html (Also appeared at http://thediplomat.com/2016/05/examining-sri-lankas-office-of-missing-persons/)

10th May 2016, Australian Broadcasting Coporation, “Sri Lankan would-be migrants returned by Australia ‘may be’ in detention, being treated properly: authorities” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-10/sri-lankan-migrants-returned-by-australia-maybe-in-detention/7399666

January 2016

29th January, The Guardian, “Sri Lanka’s missing thousands: one woman’s six-year fight to find her husband” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/29/sri-lankas-missing-thousands-one-womans-six-year-fight-to-find-her-husband?

22nd January, Radio Gagana, “පලා ගිය මාධ්‍යවේදියකු ආපසු පැමිණීමේදී අත් අඩංගුවට” (journalist who went into exile arrested on return) http://www.radiogagana.com/2016/01/22/returning-journalist-arrested/

21st January, UCA News, Retired Sri Lankan bishop risked life for Tamils, say activists http://www.ucanews.com/news/retired-sri-lankan-bishop-risked-life-for-tamils-say-activists/75017

December 2015

15th December, BBC Sinhala “වෛරී ප්‍රකාශන: ‘පවතින නීති ප්‍රමාණවත්” (hate speech: existing laws are adequate) http://www.bbc.com/sinhala/sri_lanka/2015/12/151215_tr_hate_speech_draft 

15th December, Vikalpa, “යෝජිත ‘වෛරී ප්‍ර‍කාශවලට එරෙහි නීති‘ |‘වැදගත් වන්නේ තිබෙන නීති ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමයි” (proposed laws against hate speech: what is important is to implement existing laws) http://www.vikalpa.org/?p=25631 (Sinhalese)

11th December. The Diplomat, Sri Lanka Talks Big on Human Rights Day http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/sri-lanka-talks-big-on-human-rights-day/

November 2015

20th November, The Diplomat, Samantha Power Must Recalibrate Washington’s Sri Lanka Rhetoric http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/samantha-power-must-recalibrate-washingtons-sri-lanka-rhetoric/

9th November, The Diplomat, Sri Lanka’s Unexpected Political Opening Won’t Last Forever http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/sri-lankas-unexpected-political-opening-wont-last-forever/

October 2015

25th October, The Diplomat, Police Torture in Sri Lanka Remains a Major Problem http://thediplomat.com/2015/10/police-torture-in-sri-lanka-remains-a-major-problem/

7th October, BBC Sinhala Service, Solders are not above the law, http://www.bbc.com/sinhala/sri_lanka/2015/10/151007_soldiers_law (Sinhalese)

2nd October 2015, UCA News, Sri Lankan Activists welcome the UN resolution on War Crimes, http://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-activists-welcome-the-un-resolution-on-war-crimes/74368

September 2015

22nd September 2015, Boston Globe, Sri Lanka’s watershed moment https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2015/09/22/sri-lanka-watershed-moment/9MnFGYD2PEh4c227gqkhGK/story.html

17th September, America Aljazeera, New UN Report details Sri Lankan War Crimes http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/9/17/new-un-report-details-sri-lanka-war-crimes.html

16th September 2015, The Telegraph, Horrors of Sri Lanka’s civil war carnage to be exposed in UN report http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/11867798/Horrors-of-Sri-Lankas-civil-war-carnage-to-be-exposed-in-UN-report.html

16th September 2015, UCA News, Investigate ‘horrific’ wartime abuses, UN urges Sri Lanka http://www.ucanews.com/news/investigate-horrific-wartime-abuses-un-urges-sri-lanka/74277

August 2015

22nd August 2015, Channel News Asia, Former Tamil Tigers set to contest Upcoming Sri Lankan Election, http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-tamil-tigers-set/2045446.html

18th August 2015, USA News, Sri Lanka election a rejection of extremism, activists say http://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lanka-election-a-rejection-of-extremism-activists-say/74103

16th of August 2015, Financial Times, Former Sri Lankan leader plots election comeback, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9e2e7edc-435d-11e5-b3b2-1672f710807b.html#axzz3izb6UaOl

16th August 2015, The Telegraph, As Sri Lanka goes to polls, calls grow for war crimes trial over Tamil Tigers assault http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/11804966/As-Sri-Lanka-goes-to-polls-calls-grow-for-war-crimes-trial-over-Tamil-Tiigers-assault.html

14th August 2015, Time, Five things to know about Sri Lanka’s General Elections http://time.com/3997763/five-things-sri-lanka-general-elections-mahinda-rajapaksa-maithripala-sirisena/

June 2015

30th June 2015, UCA News, Bittersweet homecoming for displaced Tamils in Northern Sri Lanka http://www.ucanews.com/news/bittersweet-homecoming-for-displaced-tamils-in-northern-sri-lanka/73854

3rd June 2015, NSAE, Bravant la surveillance et les intimidations, les Tamouls du Sri Lanka commémorent leurs victimes http://nsae.fr/2015/06/03/bravant-la-surveillance-et-les-intimidations-les-tamouls-du-sri-lanka-commemorent-leurs-victimes

April 2015

21st April 2015, Sampsonia Way, The Freedom Chat Transcripts: Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Ruki Fernando http://www.sampsoniaway.org/interviews/2015/04/21/the-freedom-chat-transcripts-sri-lankan-human-rights-defender-ruki-fernando/

16th April 2015, Ada Derana, No room for any family to control country again – President http://www.adaderana.lk/news/30504/no-room-for-any-family-to-control-country-again-president

11th March 2015, TGTE News, Ruki Fernando “the crying shame of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka”, http://www.frequency.com/video/ruki-fernando-crying-shame-of-enforced/226356744?cid=5-47 (Video) also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCWBPuibGdI (Video)

4th April, 2015, IPS News, Effective War Crimes Inquiry Could Heal Sri Lanka’s Old Wounds http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/04/effective-war-crimes-inquiry-could-heal-sri-lankas-old-wounds/ also available at http://www.globalissues.org/news/2015/04/04/20831

March 2015

15th March 2015, Tamil Guardian, No credible steps taken to repeal arbitrary detention laws in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=14096

14th March 2015, Daily FT, Still Waiting for Answers http://www.ft.lk/2015/03/14/still-waiting-for-answers/

11th March 2015, Daily FT, Jeyakumari out on Bail http://www.ft.lk/2015/03/11/jeyakumari-out-on-bail/

11th March 2015, UCA News, Sri Lanka releases prominent Tamil rights activist on bail http://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lanka-releases-prominent-tamil-rights-activist-on-bail/73151

1st March 2015, Sunday Observer, African expertise for a truth commission? http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2015/03/01/fea03.asp

January 2015

29th January 2015, Eurasia Review, http://www.eurasiareview.com/29012015-human-rights-test-new-sri-lanka-government/ also available at https://www.onetext.org/human-rights-test-for-new-sri-lanka-government/

28th January 2015, IRIN News, Sri Lanka’s NGOs test limits of new freedoms http://www.irinnews.org/report/101057/sri-lanka-s-ngos-test-limits-of-new-freedoms

17th January 2015, Aljazeera America, Pope Francis visits former war zone in Sri Lanka http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/17/pope-francis-in-srilanka.html

13th January 2015, UCA News, Pope calls for truth, peace in Sri Lanka remarks http://www.ucanews.com/news/pope-calls-for-truth-peace-in-sri-lanka-remarks/72770

13th January 2015, IPS News, Sri Lanka braces for Pope Francis visit amid political turmoil http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/01/in-sri-lanka-cartoonists-arent-killed-theyre-disappeared/

13th January 2015, Financial Times, Pope Francis calls for reconciliation in Sri Lanka http://app.ft.com/cms/s/218acb8a-9ae6-11e4-882d-00144feabdc0.html?sectionid=home

12th January 2015. Financial Times, Corruption is a key issue as Sri Lankan poll ousts President http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2015/01/12/corruption-is-key-as-sri-lankan-poll-ousts-president/

(French)  12th January 2015, La Croix, Au Sri Lanka, Ruki Fernando, militant par-delà les ethnies http://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Actualite/Ruki-Fernando-militant-par-dela-les-ethnies-2015-01-12-1266199

7th January, 2015, ABC News, Upcoming presidential elections should not derail papal visit, Sri Lanka cardinal says http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4158594.htm

7th January 2015, Sri Lanka Mirror, Sri Lanka braces for Pope Francis visit amid political turmoil http://srilankamirror.com/news/item/1438-sri-lanka-braces-for-pope-francis-visit-amid-political-turmoil

December 2014

16th Dec. 2014, National Catholic Reporter, Upcoming presidential elections should not derail papal visit, Sri Lanka cardinal sayshttp://ncronline.org/news/global/upcoming-presidential-elections-should-not-derail-papal-visit-sri-lanka-cardinal-says

3rd Dec. 2014, New York Times, Sri Lankan Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Put Off Visithttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-pope-francis-president-mahinda-rajapaksa-election.html?_r=0

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