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  • Sandya's long walk to justice

    Sandya's long walk to justice

    By I. Kaviratne  The pen, they say, is mightier than the sword, and in Sri Lanka, we have put that into question. As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day, we take a moment to remember the journalists who were assassinated, forcefully disappeared, threatened and harassed in Sri Lanka. Journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda who […]

  • Freedom of Expression on the decline in Sri Lanka - Ruki Fernando

    Freedom of Expression on the decline in Sri Lanka - Ruki Fernando

    The last twelve months, since World Press Freedom day 2017, has not been a good year for freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. The war ravaged North bore the brunt of repression, while there were also several incidents in other parts of the country. Victims included journalists, lawyers, activists, artists and in particular those speaking […]

  • POWER AND PROFIT: INVESTIGATING SRI LANKA’S MILITARY BUSINESSES

    POWER AND PROFIT: INVESTIGATING SRI LANKA’S MILITARY BUSINESSES

    Written by Super User.  1. INTRODUCTION The end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka saw a significantly increased level of military presence in civilian life across the country, with the military actively engaging in a variety of activities. These activities include humanitarian relief and participation in infrastructure projects, as well as engaging in profit […]

  • Sri Lanka: Baberic avurudu Elephant racing under fire

    Sri Lanka: Baberic avurudu Elephant racing under fire

    By Vimukthi Fernando and Husna Inayathullah.  New Year festivities in several parts of the country took a barbaric turn this year, with captive elephants used as participants in traditional avurudu games, sending shockwaves through the conservationist and animal activist community. The practice is entirely illegal, activists and lawyers told the Sunday Observer, and action can […]

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  • Abduction and forced disappearance: Sri Lanka's missing thousands

    Abduction and forced disappearance: Sri Lanka's missing thousands

    Image:  by SP Pushpakanthan. Can the Office of Missing Persons provide answers in a country with the world's second highest number of disappearances? by Drew Ambrose & Sarah Yeo 21 hours ago Sasikumar Ranginithevi can't hide her tears as she looks at four faded photographs in her trembling hands. Two brothers, a husband and her […]

  • Sri Lanka's RTI: One step forward, two backwards

    Sri Lanka's RTI: One step forward, two backwards

    Few would quarrel with President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement on Tuesday as he inaugurated the second session of the 8th Parliament, that his National Unity Government had enacted several ‘people friendly laws’, including the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The President praised the RTI Act as ‘the strongest such act to empower citizens of any country […]

  • Facebook helped foment anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka. What now? - Amalini De Sayrah

    Facebook helped foment anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka. What now? - Amalini De Sayrah

    Image: Sri Lankan policemen examine the gutted remains of a business establishment and motorcycles following inter-ethnic violence between Sinhalese Buddhists and Muslims in Kandy. Photograph: M.a.pushpa Kumara/EPA. For many Sri Lankans, Facebook is the internet, but while the social media platform has belatedly taken action on hate speech wider society must also take responsibility “Kill all […]

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