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Human Rights

  • Nothing tangible after LLRC Says, Chair, EU Delegation to SA Read more >

    Nothing tangible after LLRC Says, Chair, EU Delegation to SA

    No concrete steps have been taken by the Sri Lankan Government since the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was released, Jean Lambert, Chair of the  visiting European Parliament Delegation to South Asia, said yesterday, adding that the situation in the island on reconciliation and accountability have “changed little” since a year […]

  • Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism Read more >

    Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism

    By Kalana SenaratneIt is always a curious and odd little matter, to witness how even Buddhists become so obsessively attached to ‘sacred’ lands and in protecting them, commit acts seemingly prompted by hatred, delusion and ill-will.Ideally, lands should not become ‘sacred’ for simple reasons. The Buddha, in attacking the rigid and unethical caste-system during his […]

  • ‘Burmese Lessons’  for Sri Lanka Read more >

    ‘Burmese Lessons’ for Sri Lanka

    ”If there is any direct lesson for Sri Lanka from Burma, it is not to emulate the past but the present and hopefully a better future. There were negative speculations in the country when the Sri Lanka President made his first visit after the war victory to Burma! There were two visits to Gadhafi’s Libya, […]

  • Muslim community is strongly opposed to demolition or relocation of Dambulla Mosque Read more >

    Muslim community is strongly opposed to demolition or relocation of Dambulla Mosque

    ”For thousands of years, Muslims have co-existed peacefully will the Sinhalese and did not have to compromise on their religious beliefs. On the contrary, visionary Sinhala leaders encouraged the Muslims to practice their faith without fearing persecution.”  By Ayesha Zuhair President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to summon a meeting shortly to discuss a matter of vital […]

  • Buddha wept as we beat our women Read more >

    Buddha wept as we beat our women

    Hans Billimoria 54% of adolescent girls in Sri Lanka feel that a husband is justified in beating his wife. The UNICEF Global Report Card on Adolescents 2012 however is not available yet to try and unpack this further. What do they mean? Surely, they cannot be suggesting that the arbitrary violence that some wives are subject […]

  • FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka Read more >

    FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka

    The human rights picture in Sri Lanka in 2011 was mixed. The Sri Lankan government continued to focus on post-conflict reconstruction, including the resettlement of civilians displaced during the 30-year civil war, and has made progress reintegrating former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters back into society. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) […]

  • TNA demands release of arrested Tamil youth, In a letter to President Rajapaksa: Read more >

    TNA demands release of arrested Tamil youth, In a letter to President Rajapaksa:

    TNA Leader and parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intervention to secure the release of several youth taken into custody during the recent search operations in the Eastern Province, particularly in the Trincomalee District.Sampanthan has in a letter, brought to the President’s notice that the arrested youth have been taken to Colombo and […]

  • UK seeks accountability – A FCO report Read more >

    UK seeks accountability – A FCO report

    The United Kingdom seeks accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights and a political settlement as being essential elements in post-conflict reconciliation, a report by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said today.  The UK will also “contribute” to Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council, […]

  • Free Education: A letter to the President Read more >

    Free Education: A letter to the President

    An Open letter to the President Rajapaksa by the Federation of University TeachersThe accolades that Sri Lanka has received since independence for its impressive social indicators has been the result of the establishment and protection of two basic institutions: universal free health and free education services. These two sectors have enabled Sri Lanka to meet […]

  • State ‘sovereignty’ important, but not unlimited Read more >

    State ‘sovereignty’ important, but not unlimited

    ”There are domestic responsibilities on human rights and there are international responsibilities on human rights that any government should adhere to. There is no escape or short cuts. Human rights are higher laws like Dhamma Thath of yore. Human rights are no longer mere ‘internal affairs.’ Neither ‘sovereignty’ nor the ‘principle of non-interference’ constitutes a […]

  • Discovering the White Van in a Troubled Democracy Read more >

    Discovering the White Van in a Troubled Democracy

    JC WeliamunaIn a country that has achieved so much in literacy, education and social development, is it not indeed unfortunate that “White Van” has frightened the entire nation? Appearance of a white van assures a disappearance of some one. If you Google or do any other internet search(or any media that is not controlled by […]

  • Though govt pledged to implement 55 recommendations at Geneva UPR in 2008 performance has not been satisfactory

    ”All these recommendations were accepted in 2008 by the government, including 55 other such recommendations which it pledged to implement. However, actual implementation has been hardly satisfactory with most government ministries not even knowing what has been promised internationally.”Jehan Perera In the aftermath of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva in March of […]

  • Complaint against police over arrest of 33

    A human rights group has filed a complaint against police over the arrest of 33 men in Borella. The respondents cited are the IGP, the police spokesman, OICs of 16 police stations and a police constable named Mahinda (no: 7494).Attorney Udul Premaratne of the HR group said the charges against them are making unlawful arrests, levelling […]

  • And yet another suspect dies in police custody Read more >

    And yet another suspect dies in police custody

     Wasantha RamanayakeThe mysterious death of Nimal Chandrasiri Dahanayke (42), a fisherman of Thalpitiya, Wadduwa, who died last Sunday (15) while in the custody of the Wadduwa Police, is the latest addition to a long list of deaths in police custody. The deceased, Nimal Chandrasiri, who was married with two sons (22 and 20) and a […]

  • Mervyn challenges SLFP CC to try and take action

    SLFP General Secretary, Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that there were two disciplinary enquiries instituted against Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva. One was regarding the allegations of extortion levelled against him by members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha, including the chairman. He was yet to receive the official report on this inquiry at the local level. […]

  • Not having a HR ministry is a greatest blunder

    ”One of the greatest blunders we suffered from was the failure to ensure, after the 2010 election, a Ministry dedicated to Human Rights. I was at fault myself here, for when I was told by the Secretary to the President that this would come under the Foreign Ministry, I thought that an acceptable solution since […]

  • Where responsibility lies for the President being let down

    ”I continue then to believe that the President is the victim of these delays, rather than the cause. But I suppose I must grant to my critic that, if there is no effort even now to ensure structural changes, then one will have to grant, as Harry Truman noted, that the buck stops at the […]

  • FR petitioner dies in police custody

    An individual who had filed a fundamental rights petition against the Wadduwa police OIC died on Sunday (15) while in police custody, police spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana told Ceylon Today Online. “He had fainted in the Wadduwa police cell and was thereafter admitted to the Panadura hospital and died upon admission,” SP Rohana said.The individual […]

  • The harassment of Ms. Sandya Ekneligoda by the government’s supporters in Geneva and by the Attorney General’s department, for joining the UN Human Rights Council

    Mrs. Sandya Ekneligoda was one of the speakers during a side event held on 19th March 2012 during the 19th sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The side event was titled “Rule of Law and human rights violations in Sri Lanka: Perspectives from women, minorities and families of disappeared”. She was invited […]

  • HRC officials check police building for Lalith and Kugan

    Officials of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) made a surprise visit to the Police Welfare Building at Pettah on Friday following information that two members of the JVP dissident group who went missing in Jaffna last December were being held there.A commission official said the visit was made following a tipoff received […]

  • Nobody’s child left to die

    Killed or abandoned out-of-wedlock newborns are on the rise, with little or no hope of normal lives for those who survive. Dumped in drains or left in the woods, babies are being abandoned and left to die by their mothers. Only a few fortunate ones survive. According to the latest police statistics, January 2012 recorded […]

  • Post Geneva Stakes: Strategic Agendas, Imperatives of the Regime and Path to Freedom and Democracy:

    Surendra Ajit RupasingheThe aftermath of the Geneva drama has brought out new dimensions and intensified  contradictions internationally, regionally and locally. This article is an initial attempt to strategically map the emerging scenario, position the various major players and locate their respective agendas, and charter a path to freedom and democracy. The Role of the US:The resolution […]

  • Human Rights in Sri Lanka – A Perennial Question Mark

     Twenty years ago Mahinda Rajapaksa was a fiercely dedicated human rights lawyer and, along with Mangala Samaraweera, a pillar of strength to Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike who was heading the Mothers’ Front in southern Sri Lanka. The latter was a frontal organisation to fight for justice for the thousands of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) members killed […]

  • US presses Sri Lanka over human rights

    US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Friday urged Sri Lanka to build a “democratic nation” with full respect for human rights as it emerges from decades of ethnic war. Clinton’s message, coinciding with the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, came weeks after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a US-tabled resolution urging Colombo to […]

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