Posts Tagged ‘lawyers’

U.N. experts decry ‘climate of fear’ in Sri Lanka

Monday, February 9th, 2009

[Reuters]

Sri Lanka’s journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders are living in fear and need better protection from violence, United Nations investigators said on Monday. In a joint statement, 10 U.N. experts called on the government to act quickly to halt repressive practices. “The fear of reprisals against victims and witnesses, together with a lack of effective investigations and prosecutions, has led to a circle of impunity,” they said.

[Full Story]

Legal profession under threat in Sri Lanka

Friday, November 28th, 2008

[ UPI Asia ]

In recent months, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has passed several resolutions regarding lawyers who have come under attack. One such resolution concerned an attorney who had been subjected to intimidation and threats in a case involving the assassination of a client who was pursuing cases against the Sri Lankan police on allegations of bribery and torture. Sri Lankan lawyers also face death threats if they appear for alleged terrorist suspects.

[Full Story]