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  • NPC Resolution, Genocide and Reconciliation   – Laksiri Fernando Read more >

    NPC Resolution, Genocide and Reconciliation – Laksiri Fernando

    The sensibility of the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) requesting “the ongoing United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to investigate the claim of genocide and recommend appropriate investigations and prosecutions by the International Criminal Court” has come to a major focus as it […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions

    by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena and Venkatesh Nayak- Introduction. In giving necessary context to Sri Lanka’s draft Right to Information (RTI) law disseminated by the current Government in order to obtain feedback from citizens, a few matters need to be clarified. In substantial respects, this draft is the 2003/2004 Bill of the United National Front (UNF) administration. […]

  • Tamil Civil Society Forum Decides not to Give Evidence on Disappearances Read more >

    Tamil Civil Society Forum Decides not to Give Evidence on Disappearances

     TCSF statement: Read the full statement here:English_Translation_Missing_persons_Commission 1.The relatives of those who have been forcibly disappeared are tired of going before various mechanisms set up by the Government of Sri Lanka from time to time. No results whatsoever have been forthcoming from such inquiries. Many questions have been raised about the terms of reference and […]

  • National Christian Evangelical Alliance Welcomes Minister’s Move

    National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka: Statement Welcoming the Appointment of a Coordinator for Charismatic, Evangelical and Pentecostal Christian Churches’. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) welcomes the appointment of a Coordinator for Charismatic, Evangelical and Pentecostal Christian Churches by Hon. John Amaratunga, Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management & Christian […]

  • Mulaitivu: No Election Violence; No Military Involvement – CaFFE Read more >

    Mulaitivu: No Election Violence; No Military Involvement – CaFFE

    (Mulaitivu – 2013 photo) Mulaitivu Local Council Election 2015/CaFFE Interim Report- The campaigning for Maritimepattu and Pudukuduirippu local councils, in Mullaitivu Districts, will end today (25) midnight. Police have provided adequate security to the area and there were no incidents reported during the pre – election period. Army, which was accused of campaigning in recent […]

  • 100 Day Program: Transparency is a Must – Friday Forum

    The Friday Forum commends the efforts of the Government to implement the 100 day program as promised in President Sirisena’s election manifesto. However it is also concerned that focusing largely on accomplishing this within the short time frame may risk overriding other aspects like democratic and consultative processes and stakeholder interests. To present key Bills […]

  • The Draft Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka Read more >

    The Draft Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka

    The new government of Sri Lanka has made the draft for Right to Information Act available for the people for their feed back. The draft has come under criticism from some activists  on the basis that it does not provide full disclosure and secrecy clauses are too wide. The draft RTI of Sri Lanka: Draft […]

  • Sri Lanka Mulls Future of Rajapakse’s White Elephants Read more >

    Sri Lanka Mulls Future of Rajapakse’s White Elephants

    (A security guard looks at the runway from within a departure area at the international airport at Hambantota ©Lakruwan Wanniarachchi (AFP/File)) (AFP) From a multi-million dollar airport ignored by airlines to a lavish cricket stadium rejected by players, Sri Lanka’s new government is mulling the future of a string of white elephants. Former president Mahinda […]

  • Déjà vu: Sampanthan and Amirthalingam

    by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole- The burning in Jaffna by a group including TNA representatives of an effigy of M. A. Sumanthiran, TNA MP, induces déjà vu in me. Mr. R. Sampanthan the TNA leader and Mr. Sumanthiran took a bold step in attending the recent Independence Day celebrations, the first time the Tamil leadership […]

  • Two Ways to Stop Rajapaksa – Ranga Jatasuriya Read more >

    Two Ways to Stop Rajapaksa – Ranga Jatasuriya

    It is not boredom of retirement, but insecurity that motivates ex-president to make a political comeback. The proxies of the ex-president have fired the first salvo.Over six million Sri Lankans who voted against the kleptocratic regime of Rajapaksa and many others who later realised the full extent of excesses and abuses that took place during […]

  • A Brave New State Media?  – Lakshman Gunasekara Read more >

    A Brave New State Media? – Lakshman Gunasekara

    [ Lakshman Gunasekara, Vikalpa Photo] The changes in leadership that the country’s public-owned news media institutions undergo along with changes in government is now so automatic that it is almost a hallowed tradition. In one venerable public-owned institution, for example, there is a permanent ‘consultants’ room’ where, come regime change, politically appointed senior media managers […]

  • Sri Lanka: PM to Summon Media Owners

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he plans to summon the owners of local media to warn them against attempting to create communal disharmony in the country. Speaking at an event today, Wickremesinghe said that he will also invite media rights groups to attend the meeting for them to raise concerns they have over the owners […]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law Read more >

    Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law

     by Emelina Perez [JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill [Ceylon Daily News report] aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; […]

  • A Visit to the Vanni – Laura Davies

    February 19, 2015- Earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to Prince Zeid’s request to defer consideration of his office’s investigation into the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka to the summer. The UK was a main sponsor of the resolution setting up the investigation and we remain committed to it. Those who […]

  • The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President Read more >

    The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President

    the guardian./ason Burke in Colombo Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory in January has brought optimism to Colombo after nine years of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s controversial and divisive rule Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to supporters after speaking outside the Buddhist Temple of Tooth in the central town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to […]

  • Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists Read more >

    Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists

    [Dayan Jayatilleke reading Rajapaks’s message at the meeting] by Achintaka – Yesterday’s rally in Nugegoda organised by the hard-core Sinhala nationalists, i.e. Weerawansa, Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasudeva with the blessings of former President Mahinda Rajapakse and their pseudo intellectual appendage Dayan Jayatilleke reminds us that the politicians who made a life out of Sinhala communalism/nationalism […]

  • Seven Measures To Move Towards Good Governance – Rajiva Wijesinha

    By Rajiva Wijesinha – After Rev Sobitha’s very inspired remarks about the need to fulfil our promises rather than think about elections, I had a searching interview with ARTV, which helped my ideas to crystallize. I was also a bit upset, because I gathered that the UNP hierarchy was meeting at Temple Trees to discuss […]

  • Sri Lanka Foreign Minster’s Letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein

    In a letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein  Sri Lanka Government has promised to establish a domestic set up a credible domestic mechanism in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: ”Sri Lanka government is committed to set up a credible domestic mechanism, the relevant preambular provisions in resolution 25/1 […]

  • Batticaloa Mothers Demand Sri Lanka Govt Releases Detained Children Read more >

    Batticaloa Mothers Demand Sri Lanka Govt Releases Detained Children

    [Holding photographs and clothing of their missing children and husbands….] Tamil mothers and relatives of the disappeared held a demonstration in Batticaloa on Monday, calling on the Sri Lankan government to release their children from custody. Holding photographs and clothing of their missing children and husbands, women from across the region, came together to hold […]

  • Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report Read more >

    Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report

    GENEVA (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s new government won a six-month delay on Monday in the publication of a report on alleged war crimes, after the U.N. human rights chief praised its willingness to open the country up to scrutiny. Sri Lankan government forces have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the final stages […]

  • Rs. 400 m Spent on Foreign Advisors for Domestic HR Inquiry Read more >

    Rs. 400 m Spent on Foreign Advisors for Domestic HR Inquiry

    [Jaffna: people waiting to give evidence at the Commission sittings] A “domestic inquiry” of sorts former President Rajapaksa initiated last year has become the focal point of attention. Such an inquiry came about when he extended the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry probing (from August 2013) thousands of persons who have gone missing. On […]

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