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  • Sri Lanka – Media smear campaign and death threats against human rights defender Sunanda Deshapriya following his participation in the UN Human Rights Council – Front Line

    Front Line Defenders – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights  29 September 2011 Human rights defender Mr Sunanda Deshapriya was the target of a media smear campaign and death threats, following his participation in an event held at the UN headquarters in Geneva on 12 September 2011. State controlled media reportedly published […]

  • In policy shift, Stephen Harper presses Sri Lanka on human rights

    CAMPBELL CLARK Stephen Harper’s government, which alienated many Tamil-Canadians in the last days of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, is aggressively campaigning to pressure Sri Lanka on human rights and political reconciliation.It’s a dramatic shift in the Conservative approach to Sri Lanka’s fractured politics. For years they vilified the separatist Tamil Tigers as terrorists, […]

  • AHRC seeks justice over HR defender’s killing

    The Asian Human Rights Commission is seeking justice over the alleged death after torture by the STF in public of a human rights defender in Puttalam. The AHRC says in a statement that it has received information that human rights defender Perumal Sivakumara (32) of Kalpitiya Road, Norochcholai has died after being tortured in public by […]

  • Last minute court-order halts Sri Lankan Tamil deportation from Brita

     Jonathan MillerA forced removal of failed asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka has been put on hold by a judge after a day of frantic legal appeals. Foreign Affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller reports . Frantic efforts by lawyers in London to prevent an aircraft, chartered by the British government, from forcibly returning failed asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka […]

  • UK not monitoring safety of Tamils deported to Sri Lanka

    Ian CobainThe government has conceded that it is doing nothing to establish what is happening to scores of Tamils who are being forcibly removed from the UK despite concerns for their safety in Sri Lanka.A flight chartered by the UK Border Agency was due to depart on Wednesday with up to 50 failed asylum applicants […]

  • Mahinda says UN visit productive, successful

    Nisthar Cassim in New York President Mahinda Rajapaksa described his engagement with the United Nations member countries last week as very successful for him personally and Sri Lanka at large. “I am very happy with the visit as it was very productive and through our discussions we were able to portray the true picture,” President Rajapaksa […]

  • Mervyn makes waves (in taking law onto his hands)

    ”Nevertheless the president would know better than most that giving certain kinds of people an inch leads to their grabbing a mile and Mervyn Silva belongs to that breed. Laughing at their antics and allowing them to preen in the glare of publicity is certainly not the best way of controlling them.” The irrepressible Mervyn […]

  • Our consciences and the defence of the rule of law

    ”Now, with the current nationalist resurgence, are we going to witness another spate of attacks on places of worship of the religious minorities? A website reported this week of the destruction of a Muslim place of worship in Anuradhapura claiming that the mosque was built on the site where the ashes of Dutugemunu were interred. […]

  • Watchdogs Push Hard for War Crimes Probe in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Watchdogs Push Hard for War Crimes Probe in Sri Lanka

    ”The push was sparked by a diplomatic spat at the 18th annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which opened in Geneva on Monday, when Navanethem Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, urged Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a full review of its security apparatus. ”Pam JohnsonWASHINGTON, Sep 16, 2011 […]

  • Protect our environment — Group of concerned citizens writes to President

    A concerned group of Sri Lankan environmentalists have taken measures to draw the attention of the President regarding several development projects that have been carried out at present which would harm wild animals and the environment. They have written to the President drawing his attention to the destruction of the environment due to the implementation of […]

  • Survey: 40,000 Prostitutes 35,000 Homosexuals & unaccounted Lesbians

     A survey conducted by Health Authorities as a prelude to combat the deadly HIV AIDS spread has discovered that there are 40,000 prostitutes, 35,000 Homosexuals and an unaccounted number of Lesbians in the country.Director AIDS Control Unit, Dr. Nimal Ekanayake said these figures were only confined to four districts. In Colombo there are 8,000 prostitutes […]

  • Sri Lanka doctors ‘complicit in torture’

    Doctors in five countries including Sri Lanka are complicit in torture by failing to report torture when they treat torture victims, says the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In a detailed report, the BMJ says medical professionals in UK, US, Italy, Israel and Sri Lanka are complicit in torture by failing to blow the whistle. The […]

  • Wikileaks reveals Mahinda Samarasinghe-Blake meetings

    Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who is presently in Geneva leading a Sri Lankan team to the UN Human Rights Council sessions, had once told the then US ambassador Robert O’ Blake that he would not sacrifice his political career to become part of a whitewash for the Sri Lankan government’s human rights violations.This is contained in […]

  • Sri Lanka children’s homes ‘should be shut down’By Saroj Pathirana

    All children’s homes in Sri Lanka should be closed down because of “rampant” abuse, the head of the country’s child protection body says.The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) says it is already working to replace children’s homes with a foster parenting system. Nearly 20,000 children – orphans or children abused by parents or carers – […]

  • HR National Plan ready

    In the run-up to the forthcoming Sessions of the Human Rights Council, the government of Sri Lanka has adopted a National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights.Plantations Minister and President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s special envoy to the UN HRC sessions Mahinda Samarasinghe briefed the Cabinet regarding the National Action Plan. The following […]

  • Sri Lanka: Inquiry into armed conflict fundamentally flawed Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Inquiry into armed conflict fundamentally flawed

    AI launched the report on 07 Sep in Geneva at UN press room AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL , PRESS RELEASE The Sri Lankan government’s inquiry into the country’s civil war is fundamentally flawed and provides no accountability for atrocities, according to a new Amnesty International report. When will they get justice? exposes the shortcomings of the inquiry, […]

  • President shown photos of shelling civilians Read more >

    President shown photos of shelling civilians

    President shown photos of shelling civilians  ‘The Foreign Minister insisted that satellite images did not provide information needed to determine the source of fire,’ says the US embassy cable  US diplomats in Sri Lanka have shown satellite images of damage by shelling in “safe zone” even after the government announced ending heavy artillery and aerial […]

  • GSP suspension still remain in force – US

    US Congress is yet to vote on reinstating GSP, says US embassy The United States says that the suspension of trade concessions to Sri Lanka is still in force. Rejecting media reports in Colombo that the US has decided to restore the withdrawn Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) facility, the US says that the Congress […]

  • US Embassy Cables – Colombo – 2010 – 21 to 30

    21 Embassy Colombo EAC meeting 01/20/2010 22 Sri Lanka: assessing progress on key issues 23 Subject: leftist JVP explains support for Fonseka 24 Ambassador summoned by Foreign Minister 25 Sri Lanka: Elections Update No. 11 26 Sri Lanka: Elections Update no. 12 – Morning generally peaceful, turnout high so far 27 Sri Lanka: Elections Update […]

  • Celebrating more of Houdini’s illusions?

     Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  Is the emergency really over in Sri Lanka? Or are we celebrating a clever trick, akin to Houdini’s famed illusions whereby we are being made to believe something that is not really the case? If one may be forgiven for resorting to the scorned double negative, these are not unfair questions to […]

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