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A Summary of Writings

The Basic sources I relied on in developing the thought and strategies of AHRC.

Since November 1994, I have consciously developed the influence of three sources in shaping the strategies and working methodologies of the AHRC.
These sources are,

  • The Pedagogy of the Oppressed which was the work of Paulo Freire,
  • the folk school tradition which was the work of NFS Grundtvig, and the international law of human rights as articulated in United Nations covenants and conventions on human rights.
  • Developments relating to communication theory and practice

Full Document with Introduction and Books is available in PDF format.


Latest publication: Sri Lanka-Impunity, Criminal Justice & Human Rights

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New Book: Gyges' Ring - The 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka
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New book: The Phantom Limb
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New Poem Publication: The sea was calm behind your house
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New Paper: Exchange of views on laws delays
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New Paper: The Role of Lawyers in a Threatening Environment
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New Paper/Document: The future opportunities for the eradication of torture and proliferation of universal human rights within the current global discourse
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Posted by admin on Friday, May 28 @ 18:17:52 HKT

Blog: Sri Lanka Lawlessness

URL: http://srilanka-lawlessness.com/

Posted by admin on Monday, October 01 @ 10:10:00 HKT

S.C. (FR) Application No. 199/8 - Case of Wattala Townhall

 Wattlala Town Hall Case
 S.C. Application No. 199/8 The court held in favour of the petitioner.
The Fundamental Rights Application was heard on 21 July and again on 31st August before a Supreme Court Bench of three Judges comprising Atukorale J., G.P.S. de Silva, J and Jameel, J.
 The Judgement was delivered by G.P.S. de Silva J., the other two judges concurring.

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Posted by admin on Wednesday, April 12 @ 15:17:52 HKT

Does it matter to others what the UK does?

Article:  The executive director of the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission, Basil Fernando detects a disturbing parallel between the UK and what has happened in his home, Sri Lanka. “There was an attempt by police officers to telephone Members of Parliament to support your legislation which really shocked me,” he says. read more...

Posted by admin on Wednesday, February 01 @ 17:53:50 HKT

Law means more

(SCMP, 15 Dec 2005) Thursday, December 15, 2005




ARTICLE: A poor man tries to break the poverty cycle by working even harder, and succeeds in putting aside extra money. Local officials notice the added income and pay him a visit, asking for a cut.


The man has no choice but to pay up because he has no recourse to the police, themselves underpaid, susceptible to corruption and often colluding with officials. Prosecutors are not independent and will not take action against officials or powerful individuals. Local judges are no better. Read more read more...

Posted by admin on Wednesday, February 01 @ 17:35:02 HKT

Rights and wrongs [The Standard]

INTERVIEW:  To say that Basil Fernando "fled'' Sri Lanka in 1989 is to understate his commitment to human rights. At the time he was a young criminal lawyer in Colombo battling a corrupt police force resentful of his unflinching cross-examinations in court... read more...

Posted by admin on Tuesday, September 21 @ 16:25:50 HKT

Rule of Law and Human Rights

NEW ARTICLE: Serious problems in relating to rule of law sometimes amounting to its collapse altogether have become a serious impediment to the realization of human rights in many countries throughout the globe.  The situation is not made any different by the mere fact of ratification of the ICCPR if the rule of law situation becomes an impediment to realization of rights.  The human rights frame work articulated by the ICCPR presupposes a basic function of an institutional framework within which violation of rights are so addressed, as to sustain a faith among the people that practical realization of rights in fact exists... read more...

Posted by admin on Friday, August 06 @ 10:13:07 HKT

NHRC Torture Approach

NHRC Torture Approach:

Posted by admin on Wednesday, June 09 @ 14:53:53 HKT

The Concept of Human Rights and its Relationship to Trade and Investment

PAPER: At first glance, the title of this paper may seem rather strange. Why speak of a special relationship between human rights and trade and investment?  Human rights is a holistic concept having equal bearing on all aspects of life, and therefore it is unusual to speak of a relationship between human rights and any specific arena of life, such as economics, politics or aesthetics. Human rights has an equally valid relationship with all such fields... read more...

Posted by admin on Wednesday, June 09 @ 14:34:50 HKT

INTERVIEW: 'We'd have to give a speech and very

South China Morning Post, Saturday, July 5, 2003

I have mixed memories of my schooldays in Sri Lanka where I grew ip following World War II. It was an exciting time because the island had only just gained independence from Britain. It was as if the country had been a given blank sheet of paper to start afresh. My primary years were spent at Palliyawatte School, part of the local village church, in the district of Wattala outside the capital, Colombo.... read more..

Posted by admin on Saturday, July 05 @ 17:08:01 HKT

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