Forbes, Guardian (UK); Amnesty Intl.; Index on Censorship
Rafael faces 11 defamation charges brought by 7 Angolan generals & 4 of their business associates over a book detailing 500 alleged cases of torture and 100 killings in a diamond-mining district in Angola
trial started 24 March 2015
urgent appeal to UN issued by 17 NGOs, including Article 19, Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Natl. Endowment for Democracy, Reporters Without Borders, Transparency Intl.
allegations include: land grabs, lack of consultation & loss of livelihoods
we invited Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Maalu Maalu Resorts, Dutch Bay Resorts, Anilana Resorts, Jungle Beach Resorts, Sun Aqua Passikudah, Kuoni Group, TUI Group, Hotelplan Suisse, DER Touristik, Studiosus, Thomas Cook,Tour Asia to respond
responses provided from Hotelplan Suisse, Kuoni Group, Studiosus, TUI Group
we will note in a future update whether the other companies respond