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  • We are backtracking on democratic change – Vasu

    Chandani Kirinde   On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Democratic Left Front (DLF) led by Vasudeva Nanayakkara, the veteran left politician, who is also the Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, spoke to the Sunday Times on his growing concern about democracy and increasing militarisation of society under the present administration, in […]

  • HR Action Plan spurring wide benefits

    *President committed to improving HR status *Economic, social development gaining hugelyThe government yesterday said that the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) will help enhance the massive achievements already made in the protection of human rights and that it will bring positive benefits in the form of economic and social development and […]

  • Sri Lanka lawmaker speaks for food freedoms, voiceless minority

    (LBO) – A Sri Lankan lawmaker has spoken out for food freedoms, after a fellow parliamentarian and prime minister proposed banning an imported food heavily consumed by Tamil speaking minority citizens.Harsha de Silva, a lawmaker representing Sri Lanka’s main opposition spoke out against a proposal by Prime Minister D M Jayaratne to ban the import […]

  • ‘Farewell my dear Father’: A tribute by a daughter to a fine human being

    Ruwandi Silva Death,deprivation,loss and suffering is not necessarily the monopoly of Tamils in Sri Lanka alone. Other ethnicities have also suffered , many at the hands of those belonging to the Tamil ethnicity. As for the majority community there was a particular brand of violence which victimized them greatly.I am talking of the two insurrections in […]

  • A question of systemic abuse rather than a few excesses

    Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s keynote address at the inaugural “National Conference on Reconciliation – the way forward for post conflict Sri Lanka” held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Studies late last month, is a provocative indication of Sri Lanka’s apparent change of heart in regard to the accountability question. Honest […]

  • Church ‘to boycott’ Govt functions

    The head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka says he will boycott all government functions in protest against the arrest of a nun over child trafficking allegations. Colombo Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, told journalist in Colombo that he strongly objects to the arrest of Sister Mary Eliza, an Indian nun serving in a Mother […]

  • Presidential pardon reversed for daughter-rapist

    (Srilankamirrror) – The president has reversed a decision about to be implemented to grant a pardon for a man convicted of raping his own daughters, aged two and four years, ‘Ravaya’ reports.  Justice ministry secretary Suhada Gamlath and a prisons commissioner Asoka Hapuarachchi have informed the newspaper about the new decision, taken to prevent any […]

  • Ranil asks why govt. opposed C’wealth eminent persons’ recommendation

    Wickremesinghe’s statement made in the parliament 01.12.2011:1. The meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 agreed to the “Affirmation of Commonwealth Principles”. They also mandated the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group to report on making the Commonwealth more relevant to its times and its people.The Report of the Commonwealth Eminent […]

  • Questions for Sri Lankan Ambassador of Australia: Dr. Senewiratne

    “Are you aware of the internationally accepted ‘Command Responsibility’, that all those all the way to the top, be they military leaders or civilians (such as your President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Secretary of Defence,. and some of these military men including yourself, could be held […]


    According to the prevailing law, the culprits can be punished and jailed for five years, but no one has been jailed up to five years due to practical difficulties. In a stunning revelation it has been found that 70% of females between 15 and 45 have been subjected to sexual harassment in public transport and […]

  • Treatment for Fonseka: Anoma seeks court order .

    Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s wife Anoma said yesterday she would need a new court directive to ensure that her husband received medical treatment in hospital after the authorities had not permitted him to get such treatment recently.“We tried to get our lawyers to intervene to get my husband to hospital but the authorities didn’t […]

  • Tracing Sri Lanka’s missing children Read more >

    Tracing Sri Lanka’s missing children

     Devi Selvaratnam holds up a photograph of her son Sivakajan Mel Gunasekera | AFP Two and a half years after the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody ethnic conflict, hundreds of families displaced by the war are still engaged in a fraught, exhausting search for missing children.  Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians were caught […]

  • Hirunika Premachandra addresses crucial issues affecting Sri Lanka in ‘Sirasa’ TV interview

    Sumanasiri Liayanage While young people all over the world are experimenting with new forms of social resistance, the young, energetic and brave 24 year-old daughter of the slain politician, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra (BLP), Hirunika Premachandra in her interview with Sirasa, Kingsly Ratnayaka, proposed that in order to understand the incident that occurred at the local government […]

  • Violence against women campaign from Nov. 24

    Pabodha Hettige The Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka is planning to launch a campaign, on November 24, to eliminate violence against women, an official of the commission said.  “The campaign will mainly focus on women being sexually harassed in public transport and the commission will organize workshops, poster campaigns and public speakers will also create […]

  • Sri Lanka’s savage smokescreen

    By Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Sri Lanka’s former attorney general Mohan Peiris, who is now the senior legal adviser to the cabinet and who many Sri Lankans say is aiming to become the next Supreme Court Chief Justice, has made conflicting statements about missing journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda. The discrepancies do more than point up […]

  • Yet another youth dies in police custody

    Manopriya GunasekeraPolice dump body at hospital and nowhere in sight when youth is officially pronounced deadDr Ms D. Ranatunga, a medical officer of the Dompe hospital, told a Magisterial inquiry that, after the youth, who was brought by police to the hospital, was pronounced dead, there were no police officers even to find out the […]

  • . . Women Left Behind: Truth Commissioning in Sri Lanka

    Centre for Human Rights The power and promise of national exercises like the LLRC lie in the way that they can access the voices of those who have not traditionally been heard, and use them to build a more representative and inclusive collective memory. Yet for Sri Lanka’s Tamil women, the LLRC simply reaffirms bad old […]

  • Child abuse complaints alarmingly high

    Maheesha MudugamuwaThe National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) had received more than 7,000 complaints of child abuse since it established a telephone hotline, NCPA Deputy Chairman Nanda Indrawansa said. Indrawansa said anyone could use the hotline number to report incidents of child abuse. Most of the complaints had been received on the hotline. The system was […]

  • Sri Lanka will take action if the LLRC finds human right violations: President

    Mahinda Rajapakse’s interview to NDTVMaya Mirchandani  Addu:  Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse told NDTV that if the reconciliation commission report endorses any human rights violation in the war against the Tamil Tigers, the government will take action without shielding anyone. He also says the Lankan navy has been stopped from taking Indian fishermen into custody […]

  • Sri Lankan army deserters granted amnesty

    (UPI) — Sri Lanka is granting what amounts to amnesty to 60,000 army soldiers who deserted during the island nation’s 30-year civil war against Tamil separatists. The deserters will be “de-listed,” army spokesman Brig. Nihal Hapuarachchi said.“These are soldiers who had deserted their ranks since 1982. Soldiers who had not reported back to service are […]

  • Court criticised for backing Tamil deportations

    Refugee agencies have blasted a ruling by a Swiss federal court backing the repatriation of rejected asylum seekers to post-civil-war Sri Lanka. The Federal Administrative Court said despite existing human rights concerns it was still safe to send asylum seekers back to all but one area of Sri Lanka – thereby upholding a decision made […]

  • Gender gap increases in Sri Lanka in 2011

     Sri Lanka’s gender gap increased over the last year and gender equality ranking declined from a 16 in 2010 to a 31 this year, a report released by the World Economic Forum showed. The World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2011 showed that Sri Lanka has slipped several places from its privileged position in […]

  • WE REMEMBER after 21 years…

     ”Further, on 9th September, 1990, the army arrested all the members they could find of the four villages in the area of the same army camp, Saththurukondan, Pulliaradi, Kokkuvil and Pannichaiadi, ranging in age from 70 years to 2 months, a total of 184 persons. None of these persons have been seen by anyone after […]

  • Death threats against newspaper editor – RSF

    Reporters Without Borders has written an open letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging him to take whatever measures are necessary to protect Frederica Jansz, the editor of The Sunday Leader, and to ensure that those responsible for last week’s death threats against her are arrested.The threatening letter Jansz received on 27 October was prompted by […]

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