Too late, the Federal Office of Migration suspends the repatriations to Sri Lanka

The Swiss refugee authorities say deportations of rejected Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka have been temporarily suspended following reports of arrests and after international criticism of the military’s increasing influence on the country’s leadership. The late move was taken to avoid further arrests of Tamils upon their return from Switzerland, according to the Federal … Lire la suite de Too late, the Federal Office of Migration suspends the repatriations to Sri Lanka

Human Rights NGOs in Switzerland rally against the forced deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka

In March 2013 a Swiss NGO providing legal assistance to asylum-seekers in Switzerland (ELISA-Asile, http://www.elisa.ch) launched an online petition calling the Swiss asylum authorities to review their country guidance on Sri Lanka and their return policy for Tamils who had been close or active member of the LTTE movement. More recently, ELISA also joined Amnesty … Lire la suite de Human Rights NGOs in Switzerland rally against the forced deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka

UN passes resolution against Sri Lanka’s human rights record

The UN’s Human Rights Council has passed a resolution highly critical of Sri Lanka’s record. Its strongest passage voices concern at reports of continuing violations. It expresses concern at reports of enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture, threats to the rule of law, religious discrimination and intimidation of civil society activists and journalists. The resolution encourages … Lire la suite de UN passes resolution against Sri Lanka’s human rights record

High profile politician from Tamil Nadu (India), Mr. Sebastian Seeman arrives in Geneva to push for an independent investigation on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

The well-known actor, director and politician from Tamil Nadu province in India, arrived yesterday in Geneva in order to push India to take a strong stand against Sri Lanka and support the US-backed resolution at the Human Rights Council. The US backed resolution is requesting an independent investigation on all the human rights abuses in … Lire la suite de High profile politician from Tamil Nadu (India), Mr. Sebastian Seeman arrives in Geneva to push for an independent investigation on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

Les récents rapports sur la situation des droits humains au Sri Lanka justifient pleinement une suspension immédiate des renvois vers ce pays

Les rapports et les articles de presses qui dénoncent les violences des forces de sécurité (police et militaires) du Sri Lanka à l’encontre de personnes tamoules suspectées d’avoir été membres ou seulement proches de la branche LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) sont nombreux. A l’heure de la 22ème session du Conseil des droits de … Lire la suite de Les récents rapports sur la situation des droits humains au Sri Lanka justifient pleinement une suspension immédiate des renvois vers ce pays

The position of Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson on Sri Lanka, the Human Rights Council and International Law

Writing in The Guardian and in La Tribune de Genève (today) as the UN Human Rights Council session takes place  in Geneva, Archbishop Tutu and Mary Robinson say it is not just Sri Lanka's people that the Council must serve this week, but the cause of international law. Their opinion can be viewed on The … Lire la suite de The position of Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson on Sri Lanka, the Human Rights Council and International Law