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  • Government should answer for Dilrukshan’s killing – AHR

    Government should take the responsibility for the death of a Tamil political prisoner yesterday (08) consequent to an attack by Vavuniya prison officials, and such killings of individuals while in custody is condemned as a despicable act say the Activists for Human Rights Organisation in a media release. The statement which bears the signature of […]

  • Case filed in Geneva against Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

    A senior lawyer and writer who served as the Legal and Media Consultant of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has filed a case in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, against the HRCSL and the local unit of the United Nations Joint Programme on Human Rights (UNJPHR), for violation […]

  • Cabinet approves National Action Plan on LLRC

    Read the Report as a PDF The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday approved the National Action Plan on the implementation of recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).  The Plan lists out implementation of recommendations according to Activity, Key Responsible Agency, Key Performance Indicator and Timeframe.The action plan covers International Humanitarian Issues, Human […]

  • Tamil politicians urge global action in releasing POWs, political prisoners

    Addressing a press conference in Vavuniyaa on Tuesday, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) called for immediate release of all political prisoners who are held without any charges in the Sri Lankan prisons. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, representing the Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) said that the International Community, especially the countries that backed the internal LLRC mechanism […]

  • Time to End Arbitrary Detention in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Time to End Arbitrary Detention in Sri Lanka

    By Govind Acharya Prison door in Sri Lanka Right now, hundreds of people are languishing in detention in Sri Lanka. They haven’t been convicted of any crime; indeed, they haven’t even been charged with any crime. Their detentions violate international law. Many of them are tortured while in custody. Some detainees have been killed.More than […]

  • Child Rape on the Rise in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Child Rape on the Rise in Sri Lanka

    Protests in Colombo demanding arrest of child rapists. Credit: Feizal Samath/IPS By Feizal Samath  (IPS) – A spate of child rape cases in Sri Lanka has angered child rights activists and moved the government to consider tightening the relevant laws and making the offence punishable with the death sentence.A government statement released in parliament in […]

  • Authorities Must Ensure Security of Journalist Under Threat in Sri Lanka – IFJ

    Media release: Sri Lanka  /July 13, 2012                                                                                The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins partner organisations in the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) in calling on the Sri Lanka’s authorities to guarantee the safety of journalist Shantha Priyadarshana Wijesooriya, target of an attempted abduction in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, on July 5, 2012. […]

  • Protect Children From Sex Perverts, Editorial SL Read more >

    Protect Children From Sex Perverts, Editorial SL

    There is undoubtedly a  horrendous mounting crime wave in the country – politically motivated killings, homicides for personal reasons, abductions, rapes and crimes committed against the most vulnerable of all – children. Crimes committed against the little ones received the least publicity but of late the horrendous nature of the bestial acts committed on them […]

  • SLA soldiers alleged of killing father of three in Thenmaraadchi Read more >

    SLA soldiers alleged of killing father of three in Thenmaraadchi

    Kandiah J Occupying Sinhala soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army, on Wednesday, allegedly beat a recently resettled 47-year-old man, Kandiah Jeyarajah, near A9 highway at Ezhuthumadduvaa’l in Thenmaraadchi, Jaffna. The victim succumbed to his injuries while being rushed to Chaavakachcheari hospital, residents in Ezhuthumadduvaazh village told TamilNet Thursday. The wife of the slain victim also […]

  • Court says rights of students violated Read more >

    Court says rights of students violated

    Delivering the judgment in the Z-score case Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake said a mere statement that the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to treat the students who sat the 2011 Advanced Level Examination (A/L) under the new and old syllabi belong to one category, would not be sufficient.The 38-page judgment with Justice Nimal […]

  • US to continue GSP for Lanka Read more >

    US to continue GSP for Lanka

    Ron Kirk The Embassy said that United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced yesterday that USTR has closed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) country practice review on worker rights in Sri Lanka without any change to Sri Lanka’s GSP trade benefits.The United States has decided to continue with the GSP trade benefits for […]

  • Education is next in importance to freedom and justice – SC Read more >

    Education is next in importance to freedom and justice – SC

    UGC asked to calculate Z-score separately for two syllabiThe Supreme Court yesterday declared null and void the August 2011 GCE (A/L) examination Z-score. The judgement said that there was a complex question as regards the Z-score calculated on the basis of the old syllabus and the new syllabus taken together.The second respondent, the University Grants […]

  • People in the North Should Have the Same Rights Read more >

    People in the North Should Have the Same Rights

    by Dr Laksiri Fernando The discriminatory application of rights of the people in the North and the South came into sharp focus, when the police prohibited peaceful protests to be launched in front of the Jaffna bus stand on 19th Tuesday, as the police hurriedly obtained a court order the previous day. The same day, […]

  • 4 children under 16 are raped daily Read more >

    4 children under 16 are raped daily

    = Police say main reason parents going abroad for employment leaving children in care of guardians = Child right activists too say not enough security for children under 16 even in their own homesView(s): 12At least four rape cases are reported in the country every day and most of them are of children under 16, Police […]

  • A draft left programme: Part II Lanka’s economic options in the age of the New Depression Read more >

    A draft left programme: Part II Lanka’s economic options in the age of the New Depression

    Dr. David Dr. Kumar DavidPart I, last week, discussed the political background, international tensions and a few class related issues and made an evaluation of political parties. Part II continues and concludes the document.Year 2012 opened with substantial impact on local and global economic conditions. Locally, devaluation, upward price movements, a crisis in the nation’s […]

  • Govt. makes baseless statements to protect murderers – JVP Read more >

    Govt. makes baseless statements to protect murderers – JVP

    pro rajapaksha thug killed them ”The government is attempting, instead of arresting the real perpetrators, to plant the responsibility of the murders on other parties through government spokesmen, state media and the police media spokesman to protect the murderers.”The government is creating various interpretations and fabrications regarding the incident at Katuwna that occurred on the […]

  • Govt. To Respond Positively To UNHRC Request Read more >

    Govt. To Respond Positively To UNHRC Request

    UN Geneva  ■US Official visits SL at GL’s request  ■Reconciliation process at a complete standstill The Mahinda Rajapaksa administration is to respond this week to the request by the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHR) in Geneva to send a representative to Sri Lanka following the Resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council […]

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