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Human Rights

  • The message on internal accountability is clear

    As one Commissioner mused several months back in a different context; “we were told by weeping mothers of children being literally grabbed from their arms and dashed on the ground with remnants of their heads being scattered around by enraged soldiers who had come upon a suspected subversive or JVP infiltrated village in the deep […]

  • Regimenting Society

    Given the deadly potential inherent in this scheme, why is polity and society (including most of the academia) reacting to it with indifference? By Tisaranee Gunasekara Kristallnacht — “Night of Broken Glass”. On November 9-10, 1938 the Nazis initiated a pogrom against the Jews, Hitler youth and HitlerNazism offered….a society that had been scarred by […]

  • Families of missing Trinco youth protest

    14 May 2011 Families of youth who disappeared from Trincomalee protested at the Trincomalee Junction pleading with the Government to release information about their whereabouts, ‘We are Sri Lankans’ Convener Udul Premaratne said yesterday.“More than 100 youth from Trincomalee disappeared during the last phase of the war and up to now their whereabout are unknown,” […]

  • Explosive disclosure in Lasantha killing

    13 May 2011By Ananda Weerasuriya In an explosive statement yesterday a former Army Intelligence Unit (AIU) member told Court yesterday that the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had assured him of being made a state witness, provided security and a foreign job if he agreed to implicate a senior army officer in the brutal killing of […]

  • Complaints on Missing Persons Increase in Vanni

    13 May 2011 Complaints made in regard to missing persons in the police stations in Vanni are on the increase, according to Kilinochchi district police. Relatives of the missing persons make these complaints now as the war has ended and law and order has been properly established in these areas. Complaints of those who went […]

  • Registration of families Continue in Valikamam

    13 May 2011 The military has started registering the family members once again in some areas in Valikamam in Jaffna, especially in Sankanai and Mathagal area Valikamam west where the activities are now very briskRegistration of families Continue in Valikamam. The military has started registering the family members once again in some areas in Valikamam […]

  • Iniya Barathi faction listed for abduction of children

    Thursday, 12 May 2011 The United Nations has listed the Iniya Barrathi faction of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) that recruits or uses children, kill or maim children, and/or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in situations of armed conflict on the agenda of the Security Council. Releasing the UN […]

  • SRI LANKA: An innocent man was illegally arrested, detained and severely tortured by the CID

    May 12, 2011/Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-092-2011 Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. W.A. Lasantha Pradeep Wijeratna (36) of No. 98, Galahitiyawa, Ganemulla in the district of Gampaha was illegally arrested and severely tortured by the police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department on 15 August 2010. Lasantha […]

  • A government full of bright ideas – 19th amendment

    For one, the government’s favourite pastime quite clearly is to update the Constitution for a more stable and secure Sri Lanka; more than cozily so for some citizens at least. May 10, 2011 Even Mahinda Rajapaksa’s worst critic cannot accuse his regime of lacking bright ideas or the righteous will to execute them. It hardly […]

  • The need for an International Investigation Of war crimes in Sri Lanka

    8 May 2011,by Dr. Kay S. Kumaran, United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) USTPAC recently released the following report, entitled “The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes.” This report highlights the Sri Lankan Government’s attempts to resist international pressure to investigate violations of human […]

  • UNP accuses Computer crime unit of hacking

    May 5, 2011, 10:11 pmBy Saman Indrajith The special computer crime unit, housed at the BMICH, is engaged in hacking electronic mail including the email accounts of some ministers, UNP Kurunegala district MP Dayasiri Jayasekera charged in Parliament yesterday. He levelled the charges while speaking during the debate on the extension of emergency. He said […]

  • More child abuse complaints

     By Olindhi Jayasundere The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) hotline 1929 for public complaints on child abuse has received 21,507 complaints up until April 30 this year, the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment said.. The hotline which was introduced in June 2010 was set up for the public to report incidents of any […]

  • A government’s arrogance and a country’s plight

    At another level, significant Rule of Law concerns must be redressed. These well documented concerns are evident in regard to the constitutional balance of power, our legal systems and most importantly in reference to Sri Lanka’s judiciary and the Department of the Attorney General.  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene It appears to have gone unnoticed that […]

  • UN human rights chief welcomes Sri Lanka report, urges further investigation into conduct of final stages of the war

    “The eyewitness accounts and credible information contained in this report demand a full, impartial, independent and transparent investigation,” the High Commissioner said. “Unless there is a sea-change in the Government’s response, which has so far been one of total denial and blanket impunity, a full-fledged international inquiry will clearly be needed.” GENEVA (26 April 2011) […]

  • Law Student Goes Underground

    By Raisa Wickrematunge Law student Thushara Jayaratne fears for his life. In order to contact him, The Sunday Leader was required to create a special Skype account. Speaking from an undisclosed location, Jayaratne said that though he had asked numerous people for help, no one had assisted him. Jayaratne’s story was splashed all over the […]

  • Gallup poll says 95% of Sri Lankans struggling and suffering!

    April 26, 2011      * Influential polling firm’s global wellbeing surveys in 2010 claims only 5% in Sri Lanka are thriving    * Says high wellbeing eludes the masses in most countries as majorities in 19 out of 124 countries “thriving,” mostly in Europe and the Americas Despite the end of the war, doubling of per […]

  • The losing of collective sanity on an advisory report

    If the Government says that it is flawed as it has been quick to do, surely would not the simplest option have been to issue a sober and calm denunciation of its contents and findings without all this unseemly hysteria?   By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Could anything have betrayed our desperation more clearly than the […]

  • Tamil detainees should be released – CJ

    By Saroj Pathirana The Attorney General (AG) and the police have been ordered to release all Tamils in custody for longer periods without charges says Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice (CJ). CJ Asoka de Silva said he has taken measures to provide relief to the Tamil detainees during his two-year tenure in the office. “We have […]

  • Politics ruined independent bodies – CJ

    By Saroj Pathirana Efforts to reduce the sweeping powers of the executive president failed due to the actions of Sri Lanka’s opposition, says the chief justice. CJ Asoka de Silva said the status quo of the 1978 constitution that authorised the executive president to make all senior appointments to the judiciary was re-established by the […]

  • Diplomatic Engagement -not street demos

    This brings us to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). It is a pity that some organisations and individuals declined to give evidence before the LLRC. By doing so, they have made the same mistake that the Government made in not engaging with the UNSG’s panel. The composition of the LLRC includes some outstanding […]

  • TIME Magazine Axes MR

    Sunday Leader that acting on instructions, votes for President Rajapaksa were polled a couple of hundred times from a single computer. This was then repeated from other computers too. By Maryam Azwer 1) Rain, South Korean pop star, 2) Jay Chou, Taiwanese director, singer, songwriter, 3) Susan Boyle, British singer, 4) Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of […]

  • SL occupation of hospitals, schools harm resettlement in Vanni – TNA MP

    2 April 2011 Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Vanni, S. Sritharan, has blamed the occupying Sri Lanka Army in Vanni for continuing to occupy public buildings, including primary hospitals and schools, causing severe hardships to resettling civilians. The accusation by the TNA MP comes following District Development Committee (DDC) meeting held in Jaffna on Tuesday, […]

  • Sri Lanka: Cry From The Graves? – Analysis

    April 22, 2011/By Sivanendran The end of the three decade old civil war that pitted the government against the LTTE and divided the population created a reasonable expectation that Sri Lanka would be able to reach reconciliation and healing, which would pave the way for rapid economic progress. But alas the country appears to be […]

  • Female Secretary of Mannar district sexually molested: Minister turns hooligan forcibly removes the suspects from police custody

    20.April.2011After the Mannar Headquarters police took into custody three youths as suspects on a complaint made to the police by a female District Secretary that she was sexually molested, the Minister for Industries and trade, Rishard Badurdeen and his supporters had raided the police station and forcibly removed the three suspects in police custody and […]

  • New university entrants to undergo leadership training at military camps

    by Dasun Edirisinghe Students who qualify for university education will have to undergo leadership training at a military establishment, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayaratne said. The new scheme would come into effect from May 23 for the next academic year and it would be compulsory for all students, he said. The training programme […]

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