Posts Tagged ‘Ruki Fernando’

Panel on Human rights defenders and the rule of law – 8 June Geneva

May 29, 2015

The International Service for Human Rights and United Kingdom Mission in Geneva are organising a panel discussion on “Human rights defenders and the rule of law” on Monday, 8 June 2015, 16.30-18.00 (followed by a reception) at the Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix (Auditorium 2), Genève, Switzerland.

This event will discuss the importance of the rule of law in safeguarding the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly for human rights defenders and activists, and the vital role of human rights defenders and international mechanisms in establishing, maintaining and promoting the rule of law. It will also explore the notion that respect for the rule of law requires respect for the rule of international law and national law that is in conformity with international law.


  • Olga Abramenko, Director, ADC Memorial (Russia)
  • Ruki Fernando, Human Rights Advisor, INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre (Sri Lanka)
  • Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Phil Lynch, Director, International Service for Human Rights

Moderator: Julian Braithwaite, UK Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva

If you want to attend please contact before 3 June:

For those unable to attend, you can follow the event on Twitter through @UKMissionGeneva and @ISHRGlobal.

Human rights defenders and the rule of law: panel discussion on 8 June.

Sri Lanka releases prominent human rights defender on bail

March 11, 2015

<p>Tamil rights activist Balendran Jeyakumari (center) stands with supporters after being released on bail yesterday (Credit: </p>

Tamil rights activist Balendran Jeyakumari (center) stands with supporters after being released on bail yesterday (Credit:

So, maybe things are slowly changing in the right direction in Sri Lanka. On Tuesday 10 March, human rights defender, Balendran Jeyakumari, arrested 13  March last year,  was released on bail. []

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Sri Lankan court order silences two human rights defenders

March 24, 2014

Two human rights defenders in Sri Lanka – on whose arrest and release I reported last week – were banned from speaking to international media and ordered to give their sim cards and computers to police. Police told media personnel that this was because they were under investigation regarding an incident in Killinochi, the details of which cannot be made public [allegedly something to do with terrorism, a commonly used tactic by the Sri Lankan authorities].

via SRI LANKA: Court orders to silence two human rights activists — Asian Human Rights Commission.

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Sri Lanka: Release of Mr Ruki Fernando and Rev Praveen Mahesan

March 19, 2014

On Monday 17 March, I reported on a clampdown on human rights defenders in Sri Lanka which looked very much like reprisals ( Fortunately, Front Line Defenders reports today that the human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Reverend Praveen Mahesan were released from detention. They had been detained on 16 March 2014 when visiting the Killinochchi district after the arrest of human rights defender Ms Balendran Jayakumari. She remains in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (