Sri Lanka: Issues of land and sea grabbing on minorities brought to UN
Date : 2017.05.11
In June 2017, the Sri Lankan government’s implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will be reviewed at the 61st session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) . The last review took place in 2010, a year after the conclusion of the internal conflict.
In order to reflect the current situation of minorities in Sri Lanka, IMADR, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Women Development Innovators (WDI) made a joint submission to the Committee. The joint submission illustrates the impacts of land and sea grabbing on minority fishing communities, ranging from forced displacement and militarisation, the loss of livelihoods, poverty and to the lack of compensations from the government.