Written by Staff Writer
25 Feb, 2015 | 10:17 pm
Amnesty International in its annual State of the World’s Human Rights report has come down hard on Sri Lanka, charging that Sri Lankan “authorities continued to threaten, harass and arrest human rights defenders, including lawyers, family members of the disappeared and other activists last year.”
The report, which references Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Head of State, takes into account human rights violations in the year 2014.
The global human rights organisation added that “none of the incidents known to Amnesty International were effectively investigated, and no prosecutions were initiated”.
The report claimed that the “unnecessary and excessive use of force, causing the deaths of demonstrators, continued to be reported and to go unpunished”.
Amnesty International noted that there were continuing reports of intimidation and harassment of journalists by state officials, including physical attacks, death threats and politically-motivated charges.
The report said perpetrators acted with impunity in these cases and that none of the incidents were adequately investigated.
The report then turning attention to the end of the war in 2009 said “serious violations of international law committed during the armed conflict, including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and the intentional shelling of civilians and protected areas such as hospitals, remain unaddressed.”
Amnesty International, in its report, also charged that several countries violated the international prohibition of refoulement by forcibly returning refugees and asylum-seekers to countries where they faced serious human rights violations. Sri Lanka was said to have detained and forcefully deported asylum-seekers without adequately assessing their asylum claims.
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