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  • Sri Lankan Police Bans Tamil Event Read more >

    Sri Lankan Police Bans Tamil Event

    Police in northeastern Sri Lanka’s Mullaithivu district has obtained a court order banning an event to be organised by a Tamil group to commemorate the end of the nation’s brutal civil war six years ago. Sri Lankan Tamil politician Gajen Ponnambalam in a tweet said that a “Tamil Genocide Remembrance” event organised by his Tamil […]

  • Help at Last for Sri Lanka War widows

    By Amantha Perera. (Like many women, Kulasekran Kugamathi lost her husband during Sri Lanka’s civil war; Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN ) VAVUNIYA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) – Almost six years after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil conflict came to an end, an underreported legacy of the fighting is finally being acknowledged: the extraordinarily high number of war […]

  • SL Missing Persons Commission Holds LTTE Responsible for 60% of Allegations Read more >

    SL Missing Persons Commission Holds LTTE Responsible for 60% of Allegations

    ( LTTE Female fighters) The Presidential Commission to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances notes that allegations of forced disappearances, abductions and arbitrary arrests have been made against the LTTE, security forces, armed groups and unknown groups. Based on the inquiries conducted thus far, accountability and responsibility by these parties vary from […]

  • Sri Lanka Graft Busters Question Rajapakse Brothers Read more >

    Sri Lanka Graft Busters Question Rajapakse Brothers

    [Doctored rasist versions of the Sri Lankan national flags of Rajapaksa followers] By Amal Jayasinghe. COLOMBO (AFP) – Two brothers of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse faced questioning by anti-corruption investigators on Thursday as the new government stepped up its crackdown against the old regime. Hours after the former leader’s youngest brother Basil was […]

  • Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

    At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka’s new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to Sri Lanka Campaign yardstick document, which attempts to track the extent of meaningful change with respect to Sri Lanka’s human rights situation. Shortly after the election of President Maithripala Sirisena and […]

  • Sri Lanka: Lawyers Criticize Speaker and MPs Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Lawyers Criticize Speaker and MPs

    Criticizing the Speaker for questioning the Chairman of the Bribery Commission about a pending inquiry, Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) condemned certain MPs for attempting to interfere and intimidate the Commission from inquiring into allegations against powerful personalities. Viewing the Speaker’s action of calling the Commission Chairman and questioning him with alarm, Convener for LfD, Lal […]

  • Metaphors for Reconciliation, Leadership and Good Governance

    by Rajan Philips. Sri Lanka, the chosen land of Buddhism, has been home to the world’s four major religions for centuries. The four faiths have co-existed without strife until recent years. Part of the current good governance reforms is to see the end of those who orchestrate religious strife for political gains. Every religion has […]

  • Video: Commission to Prepare Electoral Reforms: JVP Read more >

    Video: Commission to Prepare Electoral Reforms: JVP

    The Executive Council has decided to set up a commission to prepare a new electoral process to be implemented soon, a JVP council member revealed yesterday. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said this decision was made after his strict warning that his party would withdraw from the Executive Council. He also said the Executive Council […]

  • Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM Read more >

    Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said a “political settlement” with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a “stable and secure” country. “If you want a stable and secure country, we must have a political solution (with Tamils) and move forward,” Wickremesinghe said in an address in the Tamil-dominated Jaffna peninsula Saturday. “The war is […]

  • National Anthem Sung in Tamil – President and PM in Jaffna Read more >

    National Anthem Sung in Tamil – President and PM in Jaffna

    The national anthem was sung in Tamil in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at an event, where the lands taken over by the military to establish a High Security Zone were handed back to the legitimate owners at Valalaai, Valikamam East on Monday (23). […]

  • Do We Really Need a ‘Truth Commission’? Read more >

    Do We Really Need a ‘Truth Commission’?

    by Ravi Jayawardena. A delegation from South Africa was in town recently for talks with certain parties, may be, to resume the stalled efforts for possible reconciliation in Sri Lanka. This team has been visiting for some time since the previous regime. The purpose of the recent visit was not clear but the indication is […]

  • Jeyakumary Balendaran and Six Others Released Read more >

    Jeyakumary Balendaran and Six Others Released

    After 362 days in detention without charge Jeyakumary Balendaran was today released on 200,000 LKR bail (just over £2,200 or $3,300)/. She will still be subjected to some restrictions, including monthly police reporting and having her passport confiscated. Details on other restrictions may follow. Six other detainees, including Geethasudha: a pregnant woman arrested last year, […]

  • Sri Lanka: Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation Established Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation Established

    A Special Presidential Task Force on Reconciliations chaired by Charlie Jayawardene has been established under the directives of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Task Force comprises Juwad Yousuf, Kandaiya Neelakandan, Professor Savithri Gunesekera, Dr. Ram Manikkamlingam, Riyenzie Arsekularatna and Priyanthi Fernando. The objective of appointing the Task Force is to ensure trust, unity and the contribution […]

  • State to Prepare Missing Persons’ Final List Read more >

    State to Prepare Missing Persons’ Final List

    Inter-ministerial committee already appointed Committee to coordinate with ministries, relevant bodies. The government is in the process of preparing a final list of missing persons during the final phase of war, with the assistance of the United Nations and several other parties, External Affairs Ministry highly placed sources told the Daily News yesterday. “There are […]

  • NPC Resolution, Genocide and Reconciliation   – Laksiri Fernando Read more >

    NPC Resolution, Genocide and Reconciliation – Laksiri Fernando

    The sensibility of the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) requesting “the ongoing United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to investigate the claim of genocide and recommend appropriate investigations and prosecutions by the International Criminal Court” has come to a major focus as it […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions

    by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena and Venkatesh Nayak- Introduction. In giving necessary context to Sri Lanka’s draft Right to Information (RTI) law disseminated by the current Government in order to obtain feedback from citizens, a few matters need to be clarified. In substantial respects, this draft is the 2003/2004 Bill of the United National Front (UNF) administration. […]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law Read more >

    Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law

     by Emelina Perez [JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill [Ceylon Daily News report] aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; […]

  • Sri Lanka: Right to Information Bill Requires Further improvement

    by ARTICLE 19. ARTICLE 19 welcomes the new government’s commitment to creating a long awaited right to information law. However the draft requires some improvement and clarification before it is adopted. A draft Right to Information Bill was shared by the new Sri Lankan Government with stakeholders last week and is due to be presented […]

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