Quotes in the Media

2020

31st Jan. 2020

2020 කොතනටද ?

27th Jan. 2020

Civil society against Rajapaksa: saying that the 20 thousand missing have died is “insensitive” ​

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/-Civil-society-against-Rajapaksa:-saying-that-the-20-thousand-missing-have-died-is-insensitive-%E2%80%8B-49135.html

26th Jan. 2020

Anidda newspaper. page 15

17th Jan. 2020

Sri Lankan activists urge repeal of abusive counter-terrorism law

https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-activists-urge-repeal-of-abusive-counter-terrorism-law/87004

2019

1st Dec. 2020

Anidda newspaper, page 15

18th Nov. 2019

Activists call on GR to protect democracy, minorities

http://www.ft.lk/news/Activists-call-on-GR-to-protect-democracy-minorities/56-689766?fbclid=IwAR2zfW2sqC7duQ91aktVXn2RhTTo7sskeUOoByoAdjNqs8pwTTBxtwda9h8

14th Nov. 2019

DW News Asia – Special Report from Colombo

https://www.dw.com/en/dw-news-asia-with-sumi-somaskanda-14-november-2019/av-47236523?fbclid=IwAR1QnIRaoazEwFMSyRORhPCkW2DQ8vnAJTvmHiN0_fGGlITFanAcbFdC39I

13th Nov. 2019

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

6th Sept. 2019

Time cannot diminish Sri Lankan’s fight for justice

https://www.ucanews.com/news/time-cannot-diminish-sri-lankans-fight-for-justice/86017

29th August

Courage in the face of police brutality

http://www.dailymirror.lk/news-features/Courage-in-the-face-of-police-brutality/131-173604

8th March

‘අලුත් බෝතලයක දැමූ පරණ අරක්කු’, යෝජිත ත‍්‍රස්තවාදය වැළැක්වීමේ පනත[CTA]

https://www.vikalpa.org/?p=34369

2nd March

CTA a danger to the media and public – FMM

http://archive.ceylontoday.lk/print-more/26690

1st March

Sri Lankan activists condemn anti-terror legislation

https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-activists-condemn-anti-terror-legislation/84628

25th February

Shutdown observed in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/shutdown-observed-in-sri-lankas-northern-province/article26367677.ece

27th January

Keppapilavu residents demand their lands

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/01/27/news/keppapilavu-residents-demand-their-lands

25th January

“A decade after war ends, Sri Lankan Tamils to ‘occupy’ land held by army”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-landrights-protests/a-decade-after-war-ends-sri-lankan-tamils-to-occupy-land-held-by-army-idUSKCN1PJ0QV

25th January

Tamils ​​camped out in northern Sri Lanka for 700 days to get their land back

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tamils-%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8Bcamped-out-in-northern-Sri-Lanka-for-700-days-to-get-their-land-back–46072.html

 

2018

5th November 2018

“Sri Lankan protesters call for cleaner politics” https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-protesters-call-for-cleaner-politics/83797

2nd November 2018

“Impunity Island: Sri Lanka’s haunting legacy of war on media” http://www.jdslanka.org/index.php/analysis-reviews/media-a-culture/827-impunity-island-sri-lankas-haunting-legacy-of-war-on-media

9th October 2018

“Nine years after war’s end, Sri Lankans wait for government to return property” http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=cc753045-98eb-4d2c-8aec-38cfa7edeba7

7th October 2018

“Cardinal Ranjith’s controversial remarks Is the Catholic Church being politicized?” http://www.ceylontoday.lk/news-search/By%20Arjuna%20Ranawana/print-more/14743?platform=hootsuite

7th October 2018

“Fleeing your demons” http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/10/07/fleeing-your-demons

7th October 2018

“Activists raise concerns ahead of Reparations Bill debate” http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/10/07/activists-raise-concerns-ahead-reparations-bill-debate

4th October 2018

“Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism law paves way for abuse” https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankas-counter-terrorism-law-paves-way-for-abuse/83444

3rd October 2018

“Bishops join call to free Sri Lankan political prisoners” https://www.ucanews.com/news/bishops-join-call-to-free-sri-lankan-political-prisoners/83505

2nd October 2018

“Post-war justice in Sri Lanka inches forward” https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/post-conflict-justice-sri-lanka-inches-forward

30th September 2018

“The religion vs. human rights debate” http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/09/30/news-features/religion-vs-human-rights-debate

9th September 2018

“Searching for five years, Mayuri launches roadside protest” http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/09/09/news-features/searching-five-years-mayuri-launches-roadside-protest

13th August, UCA News

“Noose looms large for Sri Lankan drug dealers” https://www.ucanews.com/news/noose-looms-large-for-sri-lankan-drug-dealers/83015

20th July 2018, Groundviews

The Gloves Are Off: Reactions to Ben Emmerson’s Statement on Torture, Counterterrorism http://groundviews.org/2017/07/20/the-gloves-are-off-reactions-to-ben-emmersons-statement-on-torture-counterterrorism/

4th May 2018, Gagana Radio

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දෙමළ මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ ප්‍රකාශනයේ අයිතියට ගිය අවුරුද්දේත් හිරිහැර

http://www.radiogagana.com/2018/05/04/tamil-journalists-still-under-threat-in-sri-lanka/

30th April 2018, IPS,

Press Freedom & Enforced Disappearances: Two Sides of the Same Coin in Sri Lanka http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/04/press-freedom-enforced-disappearances-two-sides-coin-sri-lanka/

29th April 2018, Ceylon Today (page A13)

Iranaitheevu – the two little rich islands, too much to forego

http://www.ceylontoday.lk/site-api/uploads/e_paper/MAIN-29-04-2018.pdf

24th April 2018, Asia News

Tamil Catholics return to Iranaitheevu Island and pray for their land http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tamil-Catholics-return-to-Iranaitheevu-Island-and-pray-for-their-land-43710.html

11th April 2018, UCA News,

“Sri Lanka shelves changes to NGO bill as activists see red” https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lanka-shelves-changes-to-ngo-bill-as-activists-see-red/81971

8th April 2018, Ceylon Today, “Ganesan withdraws draconian NGO Act” http://www.ceylontoday.lk/print-edition/2/print-more/2389

11th March 2018, Ceylon Today, “HR defenders, politicians and Tamil Diaspora lobbying extensively in Geneva on Lanka UNHRC hints trouble for Sri Lanka” http://www.ceylontoday.lk/print-edition/5/print-more/324

2nd March 2018, UCA News, “Sri Lankan activist fights for justice for missing priests” https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-activist-fights-for-justice-for-missing-priests/81552

22nd Jan. 2018, UCA News, “Sri Lankan priest’s spirit lives on” https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-priests-spirit-lives-on/81294

6th Jan. 2018, The Hindu, “Snail-paced progress in pending cases” http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/snail-paced-progress-in-pending-cases/article22386915.ece

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

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/

A Sinhalese version published at http://www.radiogagana.com/2017/09/24/ruki-fernando-on-the-expectations-of-relatives-of-disaappeared/

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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

 

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/

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/

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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

2014

16th Dec. 2014, National Catholic Reporter, Upcoming presidential elections should not derail papal visit, Sri Lanka cardinal says http://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 Visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-pope-francis-president-mahinda-rajapaksa-election.html?_r=0 

16th May 2014, Vice.com, “Tour Buses to Sri Lanka’s Battlefields”, https://www.vice.com/sv/article/kwp39n/tour-buses-to-sri-lankas-battlefields

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