UN washing its hands of destitute Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Dubai

In a move widely seen as a major departure from its stated obligations and assigned responsibilities, the United Nations has virtually washed its hands of a group of 12 Sri Lankan Tamils, including a four-year old girl and three women...............

Mounting threats on people for meeting Navi Pillay in Sri Lanka

Unleashing a vicious campaign of witch-hunt, Sri Lankan defence authorities have continued to harass, threat and intimidate a number of human rights activists, priests, journalists and many civilians in the former war-zones for.....................

Will Commonwealth find UN Human Rights chief credible enough?

Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navaneetham Pillai on Saturday has openly slammed the incumbent regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as one that is “heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction”...............

Abott to send thousands back to torture and rape

An Abbott Government would condemn thousands of people to torture, rape, jailings and beatings if it goes ahead with a plan to fast-track more than 30,000 community-based asylum-seekers back to their homelands. The policy....

A haunting legacy: Australia's rising tide of xenophobia

This week in Melbourne we saw another Tamil refugee quietly released into the community after being incarcerated for almost four years because of a negative ASIO assessment. One day this 26-year-old man, who has never.........

UN finds Australia violates international law by detaining refugees

The UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva , on Thusrday (22), found that Australia has committed 143 serious violations of international law by indefinitely detaining 46 refugees for four years, on the basis...............

Amnesty calls for independent investigation into Weliweriya killings

The Sri Lankan authorities must not allow the army to investigate itself over allegations of excessive use of force by its members after three protesters demonstrating over access to drinking water were killed over the weekend, Amnesty....

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