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Updated: September 10, 2013 04:21 IST

Sri Lankan rights activist Sunila Abeysekera no more

Meera Srinivasan
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Sri Lankan activist Sunila Abeysekera (1952 — 2013), who inspired many with her relentless work championing human rights, passed away in Colombo on Monday. Photo: Special Arrangement
Sri Lankan activist Sunila Abeysekera (1952 — 2013), who inspired many with her relentless work championing human rights, passed away in Colombo on Monday. Photo: Special Arrangement

Sri Lankan activist Sunila Abeysekera, who inspired many with her relentless work championing human rights, passed away in Colombo on Monday. She was 61.

Ms. Abeysekera was known for her consistent efforts in campaigning for human rights, focusing particularly on the plight of people living in war-affected areas. She also engaged with issues pertaining to women's rights, sexual and reproductive rights, including the rights of communities such as sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and lesbian, gay, and transgender persons, according to PeaceWomen Across the Globe, an organisation involved in peace activism.

“In 1989, Sunila played a pioneering role in the establishment of a group, INFORM, that undertook documentation of human rights abuses at a time when there was a high level of repression and terror in the country,” a note on its website said. She was one of those activists who consistently raised their voice against human rights violation, despite intimidation and threats.

Citizen journalism website Groundviews carried a poignant note on Ms. Abeysekera's passing away, highlighting her contributions to social causes and also pointed to her skills as a singer. She was also actively involved in theatre, local reports said.

I agree, government of srilanka had to become militaristic state to
contain the LTTE threat. No LTTE sympathizer felt safe under this
government. Government had to portray that kind of attitude, resolve
and aura of invincibility to people, forces and the LTTE to achieve
it's objective of military defeat of the LTTE. I sometimes thought
Colombo seemed like wartime Berlin at the height of war. Had the LTTE
had the option of wreaking havoc in civillian population like it was
before that would have been much costly, socially. International
community did a great job on this, keeping LTTE under watch. The fact
that LTTE was funded by the diaspora in the west ultimately didn't
work out for them.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 10:26 IST

Sad news for all of us....,

from:  Fahad Ali Khan
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 03:24 IST
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