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UPDATED: A window of opportunity to take on Sri Lanka

If you've been watching the attempts to silence media in Sri Lanka through attacks, disappearances, legal harassment, and government policies aimed at restricting free speech and the right to information, take the time to speak out with others around the world today. An opportunity like this only comes around every four years.

Sri Lanka's human rights record came under review at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva today. The Council investigates every country's human rights record, and November 1 is Sri Lanka's turn.

CPJ and other media support organizations have submitted documentation to the Council addressing all of the issues above, and more.  In all, 45 human rights organizations have made written submissions, all of which are available here. After today's debate a report will be written up by the Council and presented publicly via a one-hour debate on November 5. Then, some human rights organizations will be allowed to speak, but only for a total of 20 minutes. But between then and now, you can make your voice heard through a variety of social media platforms.

You can be sure the government of Sri Lanka will be doing its best to play down the deserved criticisms coming its way, so make the best use of the coming days to counter its denials. The two official hashtags are #UPR14 and #UPRLKA , but below is a list of other addresses that you can use to make yourself and your organizations heard. (All also have a presence on Facebook).

Action Contre la Faim--France: @ACF_France, @ChetcutiPauline, @adegroux ,

Amnesty India: @AIIndia

Centre for Policy Alternatives: @CPASL

Groundviews: @groundviews

Committee to Protect Journalists: @cpjasia, @pressfreedom

Frances Harrison: @francesharris0n

Freedom from Torture: @FreefromTorture,

Human Rights Watch: @jayshreebajoria, @mg2411, @ks7s

International Crisis Group: @akeenan23

Minority Rights Group: @MinorityRights, @Maggranna

Pen International: @pen_int, @Dejiridoo

American PEN: @PENamerican

English PEN: @englishpen

Reporters Without Borders: @RSF_RWB

US:•The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice: @SLcampaign

Benjamin Dix, author of "the Vanni": @TheVanni2012

UPDATE: Citizen journalism website Groundviews is archiving tweets tagged with #UPALKA and has created a spectacular visualization of Twitter users interacting about Sri Lanka's human rights record. You can find it here.

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Once again the UNHRC meets on Sri Lanka and most likely it will be case of mere airing of views with no tangible change on the ground. In the absence of credible action by the UN body and with support from China and Russia which supplied WMDs, for moenetary gain of course, to a failed country at the end of war to complete its genocidal mission the lack of progress is pathetically felt by those who have to bear the brunt of continuing oppression. The UN itself seems to be indolent and happily let things slide until forgotten. This begs the question why are the Serb leaders in the dock at the Hague right now when Sri lanka's Sinhala leaders are getting away with mass murders etc by a factor of 20 to 1. The UN has some explanation to do to the world at large!