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  • Shrinking space for human rights voices in Sri Lanka & concerns over civil society  engagement with Govt Read more >

    Shrinking space for human rights voices in Sri Lanka & concerns over civil society engagement with Govt

    Shrinking space for human rights voices and dissent, and concerns over the terms of engagement between government and civil society  A statement by concerned human rights and democratic rights, activists and organisations  27th June 2017, Colombo As individuals and organisations committed to human rights and democratic freedoms, and the rights of freedom of expression and dissent, […]

  • Report: Suppression of dissent in Sri Lanka ( May 2015)

    Summary: Incidents related to repression of dissent continued to be reported under the Sirisena Presidency, despite a general feeling of having more freedom than under the Rajapakse presidency. In mid May 2015, Police obtained court orders to prevent remembrance events for Tamils killed during the war. Police also interrogated organizers, participants and media at some […]

  • Sri Lanka: U’grads Agitate Call for Release of Two in Remand Read more >

    Sri Lanka: U’grads Agitate Call for Release of Two in Remand

    [University students protest in Colombo- File photo] Undergraduates of six State Universities will conduct protests and marches at noon today (06) calling for the release of the two student activists who were arrested on 30, April by the Cinnamon Gardens Police and remanded till 9th, to be released immediately. The Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) said […]

  • Violence Against Dissents Should be Punished – FMM Read more >

    Violence Against Dissents Should be Punished – FMM

    Issuing a statement on the eve of the World Press freedom Day the FMM emphasises that  the government shuld take speedy action against those responsible for the assault against Dr.Nirmaal Ranjith Devasiri and Dr.Kumudu Kusum Kumara. Ealier FUTA, the Federation of University Teachers Associations issued  statement condemning the assault calling on the government to bring […]

  • Sri Lanka: Who Will Play the Watchdog Role ? Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Who Will Play the Watchdog Role ?

    [Who will speak for them: agitating students in Sri Lanka] by Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya – I was watching a political ‘debate’ on a private TV channel last night, but got entirely confused and frightened. What used to be a heated debate earlier has turned out to be a non-debate, where all participants were taking a […]

  • Sri Lanka: Death Threats Against Activists Highlight Risk Of Violence Around Elections Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Death Threats Against Activists Highlight Risk Of Violence Around Elections

    (Brito Fernando) Sri Lankan authorities must hold to account those who threatened three prominent activists with death today and ensure that tomorrow’s presidential elections passes without further violence, Amnesty International said. Opposition campaigners Brito Fernando, Phillip Dissanayake and Prasanga Fernando – who are all well-known human rights defenders active with families of the “disappeared” – […]

  • 26 Incidents of Suppression of Dissent Recorded in October 2014 Read more >

    26 Incidents of Suppression of Dissent Recorded in October 2014

    INFORM, a long standing human rights documentation centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka in has recorded  26incidents of suppression of dissent in Sri Lanka.  the Summary of  the report follows: INFORM Report: Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka October 2014: Summary: As the deadline for submissions for the UN Human Rights Council appointed investigation into alleged […]

  • Harassment of JHU Members Commence With Ven. Rathana Thero Read more >

    Harassment of JHU Members Commence With Ven. Rathana Thero

    The harassment of senior Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) members by the governing party has commenced with the party’s chairman, MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero. The governing party has commenced harassing the JHU members after the party quit the government and resigned from the ministerial portfolios. The Kotte Municipal Council has claimed that Ven. Rathana Thero’s […]

  • Report: Suppression of Dissent In Sri Lanka, Sep 2014 Read more >

    Report: Suppression of Dissent In Sri Lanka, Sep 2014

    [A commemoration of well-known woman HRD and academic, Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, was obstructed] By INFORM– September was a month that saw almost daily incidents of repression of dissent. A commemoration planned for a well-known woman human rights defender and academic, Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, was obstructed when two pre-booked venues were withdrawn and a protest march […]

  • Sabaragamuwa  Uni Students Assauled by a  Political Mob Read more >

    Sabaragamuwa Uni Students Assauled by a Political Mob

    [Burned shed of the students’ protestors] A  gang of thugs lead by a UPFA Member of Pradeshiya Sabha called Indika has savagely attacked students of Sabaragamuwa University while they were engaged in a ‘Sathyagraha’. Thugs armed with poles and swords had arrived at about 10.30 last night inhumanly assaulted the students and set fire to […]

  • Water cannons used  to make way for Higher Education Minister Read more >

    Water cannons used to make way for Higher Education Minister

    Water cannons were used against a student protest against the opening of a sub-standard hostel by the Higher Education Minister in the University of Sabaragamuwa.alt Higher Education Minister has arrived in the University today (5) to open a new hostel. However, the students have protested his arrival claiming the Minister will not be allowed to […]

  • Sri Lanka Police Arrests Protesting Former EDPD Politician Read more >

    Sri Lanka Police Arrests Protesting Former EDPD Politician

    [MTTK peaceful fast at Nalloor temple] The Sri Lankan Police in Jaffna arrested the General Secretary of Mutpoakkuth Thamizh Theasiya Kadchi (MTTK) Sutharsingh Vijayakanth and two of his fellow party members Friday night while they were waging a peaceful fast at Nalloor temple demanding the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to release all Tamil political […]

  • Report:Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka in August Read more >

    Report:Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka in August

    Summary: August 30th is the International Day of victims of Enforced Disappearances, but in Sri Lanka, it was a month when families of disappeared persons and those supporting them faced threats, intimidations, restrictions and false accusations by Buddhist Monks led mobs, Police and the state media. Police blocked a peaceful march on the International Day […]

  • Report: Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka, July 2014 Read more >

    Report: Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka, July 2014

    July is known as “Black July” in Sri Lanka, due to the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, where thousands of Tamils were killed and their properties destroyed. It was a turning point in the ethnic conflict, which saw support for Tamil militancy increase and the birth of Tamil Diaspora. This year’s July, saw a commemoration of […]

  • Weekly Human Rights News Round up; 11-17 August 2014 Read more >

    Weekly Human Rights News Round up; 11-17 August 2014

    By SLB– Two Uni students arrested Arrest of two Tamil students of Sabaragamuwa University by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) remained a serious concern among the University student community. Rasindu Jayasinghe, the leader of the Students’ Movement of the Sabaragamuwa University told the Sunday Leader that they have lodged a complaint with the Human Right […]

  • Rajapaksa  hiding behind monk-led mobs to attack civil society Read more >

    Rajapaksa hiding behind monk-led mobs to attack civil society

    Civil society recalls President’s days as disappearances campaigner. Activists reject monks’ version of events at Centre for Society and Religion. Nimalka wants President to stop sending proxies, talk to civil society one-to-one. Something missing in regime’s DNA to deliver reconciliation: Paikiasothy. By Dharisha Bastians — Leading civil society activists yesterday slammed the Government’s use of […]

  • How the Sri Lankan Government is Crushing Dissent Read more >

    How the Sri Lankan Government is Crushing Dissent

    By Fred Carver– To many external observers the Government of Sri Lanka appeared to lose the plot somewhat during the March UN Human Rights Council (HRC) session. A series of overt and heavy handed attempts to silence dissent, even as the session was discussing a resolution censuring Sri Lanka, appeared to illustrate precisely the point […]

  • Hidden form world rights of SL Tamils being trampled Read more >

    Hidden form world rights of SL Tamils being trampled

    By Edward Mortimer— The government has been trying its best to silence the country’s remaining Tamils without drawing the world’s attention With all the horrors taking place in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria, Sri Lanka has understandably fallen off the international radar. However, what you must know is that this suits Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda […]

  • Suppression of Dissent in Sri Lanka:June report Read more >

    Suppression of Dissent in Sri Lanka:June report

    INFORM– June 2014 will be remembered in Sri Lanka for the communal violence in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Southern Sri Lanka, that resulted in 4 persons (three Muslims and one Tamil) being killed, more than 80 injured and widespread damage to property, mainly of Muslims. The widely held belief, including by the […]

  • Death threat to teacher who won a lawsuit against a politician Read more >

    Death threat to teacher who won a lawsuit against a politician

    [Susila Herath showing the threatening letter; Photo: Ada Derana] Susila Herath, a school teacher of Navagattegama Navodya Vidyalaya who won a lawsuit against ex-PC member Ananda Sarath Kumara (UPFA), has received a death threatening letter today (5) morning. A senior police officer from the Nawagattegama police told Ada Derana that the police inquiries have been […]

  • Tamil Uni student attacked ; Tamil- Muslim students intimidated Read more >

    Tamil Uni student attacked ; Tamil- Muslim students intimidated

    Following the intimidation given to Tamil speaking students by posters which mentioning the names of Tamil and Muslim first year students, calling for them to leave from Sabaragamuwa, one of the tamil students was attacked by persons wearing masks, on Sunday early morning. The victim identified is Santhirakumar Sutharshan from Mukamalai was assaulted and being […]

  • Religious police hunting a film maker Read more >

    Religious police hunting a film maker

    [Natioanlist Buddhist militancy on the rise in Sri Lanka] The sa called Relegious police ,set up some monts ago by the regime, has requested Mr.Sirimal Wijesinghe, writer and a film director  to give a statement regardig a complaint lodged against him by a Buddhist  religious organization. The police station related religious conflicts funtioned under the […]

  • 12 Northern Sri Lankan Tamil Journalists impeded Read more >

    12 Northern Sri Lankan Tamil Journalists impeded

    [photo:Free Media Movement protest in Jaffna for protection of Tamil journalists] Northern Province Journalists were impeded by Sri Lankan Police, Army and intelligence joint operation while travelled to attend a workshop and a discussion on digital security. This workshop facilitated by some media organization from south and Jaffna Press Club. Jaffna Press Club is an […]

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