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Sri Lanka : Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen have been released last night witho...

Sri Lanka : Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen have been released last night without any charge.

Why this success? Rapid information.

Aware of the risks he ran, Ruki could, as soon as arrested, send a message to his network which immediately passed on to other networks. The chain reactions were very quick, interventions or demonstrations near embassies , info on the first page of international NGOs websites, communication Facebook ....

Ruki was not alone.

He traveled with Father Praveen. This allowed him to go to forbidden areas and has provided him some protection. The diocese sent a priest who met Father Praveen and prayed with him, which brought him a strong moral support. But he was not allowed to see Ruki, as well as no lawyer was allowed to visit him. These refusals made us fear the worst, was he disappeared?, had he been tortured ?
Alerting mechanisms of the United Nations.

They worked quite well. It is true that the news came during a meeting of the Council of Human Rights ! For this reason states intervened and not only NGOs which gave more weight to the action
And now ?

Many think that Ruki should leave the country, because he has become a more dangerous player than before for the government, therefore a potential target. But Ruki thinks he must stay as long as other people are not yet released.

Ruki thank you for your courage !

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/28884

http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/sri-lankan-human-rights-defenders-freed-without-charge

Didier Vanhoutte comment :

Congratulations, Ruki!! You know lots of people follow you as an activist worldwide. The way you bear witness to the Gospel is at the heart of our collective faith, which can only be fortified helping everybody become more human.


Human Rights Defenders Ruki Fernando and Rev.Fr. Praveen Mahesan Released From Custody by the...
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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Two Sri Lankan Human Rights defenders who were detained and arrested under provisions of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA)have been now released. The two human rights activists Ruki Fernando and Rev.Fr Praveen Mahesan who were being held at the Colombo headquarters of t...

#Sri-Lanka : The #Dominican Order strongly condemns the arrest of our Pax Romana...

#Sri-Lanka : The #Dominican Order strongly condemns the arrest of our Pax Romana working partner Mr. #Ruki #Fernando and of Rev. Fr. #Praveen #Mahesan O.M.I.
Both are long standing Human #Rights Defenders and important actors of the Peace and reconstruction process in the country.
Our Delegation to the #UN urges the Sri Lanka authorities and the International community to take all actions to enforce the Rule of #Law and to safeguard #freedom of association. http://www.icmica-miic.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=756%3Aruki-s-arrestation-in-sri-lanka&catid=181%3Asri-lanka&lang=en


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MANIFESTATIONS OF COLLECTIVE HATRED DO NOT ‘ERUPT’ LIKE A VOLCANO – UNITED NATIO...

MANIFESTATIONS OF COLLECTIVE HATRED DO NOT ‘ERUPT’ LIKE A VOLCANO – UNITED NATIONS EXPERT ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION

GENEVA (11 March 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, today urged States to promote and protect everyone’s right of freedom of religion or belief, in order to tackle the growing problem of collective religious hatred in the world.

“Manifestations of collective hatred do not ‘erupt’ like a volcano, but they are caused by human beings, whose actions or omissions can set in motion a seemingly unstoppable negative dynamic in societies, which seems to be comparable to that caused by a natural catastrophe,” Mr. Bielefeldt said during the presentation of his latest report* to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The human rights expert warned that feelings of collective religious hatred are often caused by a combination of fear and contempt which can trigger a vicious cycle of mistrust, narrow-mindedness and collective hysteria, and called on States to “take an active role in trust-building through public institutions as a trust-worthy guarantor of freedom of religion or belief for everyone.”

In his report, the expert identifies a number of key aggravating political factors behind the expressions of religious hatred, such as endemic corruption which typically undermines reasonable trust in public institutions, and an authoritarian political atmosphere that stifles free and frank public debate and creates a “mentality of suspicion.

The Special Rapporteur drew special attention to the use of religion for the purposes of national identity politics, “which typically leads to the marginalization and misrepresentation of religious minorities, often disproportionally affecting women from minorities.”

“Dissolving any exclusivist arrangements in the State’s relation to religions or beliefs and overcoming all forms of instrumentalization of religion for the purposes of national identity politics serves as a precondition for providing an open, inclusive framework in which religious or belief-related pluralism can unfold freely and without discrimination,” Mr. Bielefeldt stressed.

The Special Rapporteur urged States to ensure effective trust building activities, including establishing trustworthy public institutions and promoting meaningful communication, in particular between different religious or belief communities.

As a positive example of a culture of religious or belief-related pluralism, the expert mentioned his first-hand experience during his recent country visit to Sierra Leone, where the Interreligious Council has become a key factor in a re-united country that until a decade ago had been torn by civil war.

“I found the open and amicable climate of interreligious cooperation in Sierra Leone – which not only includes Muslims and Christians but also intra-religious groups, such as Sunnis, Ahamdis, Shias, Catholics, Anglicans and Evangelicals – quite remarkable,” Mr. Beilefeldt said.

(*) Read the Special Rapporteur’s report on tackling manifestations of collective religious hatred: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session25/Pages/ListReports.aspx

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Heiner Bielefeldt assumed his mandate on 1 August 2010. As Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, he is independent from any government, and acts in his individual capacity. Mr. Bielefeldt is Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Politics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. From 2003 to 2009, he was Director of Germany’s National Human Rights Institution. The Special Rapporteur’s research interests include various interdisciplinary facets of human rights theory and practice, with a focus on freedom of religion or belief. Learn more, log on to: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/FreedomReligion/Pages/FreedomReligionIndex.aspx

Download the “Rapporteur's Digest on Freedom of Religion or Belief”: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Religion/RapporteursDigestFreedomReligionBelief.pdf

Check the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/ReligionOrBelief.aspx

For more information and media requests please contact Sharof Azizov (+41 22 917 9748 / sazizov@ohchr.org) or Brenda Vukovic (+41 22 917 9635 / bvukovic@ohchr.org) or write to freedomofreligion@ohchr.org

For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts:
Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org)

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