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  • Sri Lanka President Slams Some NGOs, Media & Traitorous Forces Read more >

    Sri Lanka President Slams Some NGOs, Media & Traitorous Forces

    ( Civil groups campaigning against Sirisena – Mahinda coliation during the General Election Aug 2015 (c)s.deshapriya) President Sirisena is continuing his verbal attacks on democratic institutions in the country, this time attacking NGOs and Media without naming any of them. He has said that hes is  not ready to compromise national security in order to […]

  • Sri Lanka MPs creating their own NGOs as charity foundations Read more >

    Sri Lanka MPs creating their own NGOs as charity foundations

    ( Assaulting opposition members in the parliament under Rajapaksa rule) Several sitting MPs and some former MPs have had bills presented to the legislature to incorporate as Acts of Parliament foundations,  set up in their names reports the Sunday Times. These foundations are non other than NGOs which may have charity organizations.  Once they obtain […]

  • Wigneswaran On War Path: Attacks NGOs Working in the North Read more >

    Wigneswaran On War Path: Attacks NGOs Working in the North

    ( Chief Minster Wigneswaran ) Northern province Chief Minster Wigneswaran has attacked NGOs working in the province for not obtaining permission form him or provincial council headed by him. According to a report in the HIndu ‘Mr. Wigneswaran has taken on NGOs, voluntary organisations and foreign agencies for seeking to implement several of their schemes […]

  • No More Defence Ministry Supervision for NGOs: Deputy Minister Read more >

    No More Defence Ministry Supervision for NGOs: Deputy Minister

    (Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva) Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva last week clarified that the Ministry of Defence would no longer play a role in supervising Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO). “The facilitation and supervision of NGOs is not a responsibility of the Ministry of […]

  • The Future of a Government Hangs On a Tweet, a Street Protest or a Report of a NGO- UN Rights Chief Read more >

    The Future of a Government Hangs On a Tweet, a Street Protest or a Report of a NGO- UN Rights Chief

    [High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré] 22 October 2014 – At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections, the Organization’s […]

  • Engaging with Civil Society : A number of questions Read more >

    Engaging with Civil Society : A number of questions

    [Photo courtesy Business Today] by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu- Recently, the media reported that the Defence Secretary held a meeting in the Defence Ministry with a number of NGOs who had worked with the GOSL and the Commonwealth Foundation on the People’s Forum which was part of the activities of the 2013 Colombo CHOGM. These NGOs […]

  • The government  cannot violate the rights acting through the MOD Read more >

    The government cannot violate the rights acting through the MOD

    [Duty of the police to protect peoples’ rights; pHoto: internet] Democratic Governance, Voluntary Associations and People’s Rights by Friday Forum— Some months ago the Friday Forum issued a public statement that reflected on certain emerging trends in our country, and posed the question whether Sri Lanka is moving towards authoritarianism. Though circulated widely, this statement […]

  • Government notes threat from NGOs Read more >

    Government notes threat from NGOs

    [P.B. Jayasundara, on the left is braned as the economic hit man of the regime] The Government says Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) which operate in non regulated environments has become a threat to financial management, inclusive development and law and order itself. Finance Ministry Secretary P.B. Jayasundara said this while speaking at the Defence Seminar in […]

  • Rajapaksa  hiding behind monk-led mobs to attack civil society Read more >

    Rajapaksa hiding behind monk-led mobs to attack civil society

    Civil society recalls President’s days as disappearances campaigner. Activists reject monks’ version of events at Centre for Society and Religion. Nimalka wants President to stop sending proxies, talk to civil society one-to-one. Something missing in regime’s DNA to deliver reconciliation: Paikiasothy. By Dharisha Bastians — Leading civil society activists yesterday slammed the Government’s use of […]

  • Civil society: The greatest bugbear, the greatest hope? Read more >

    Civil society: The greatest bugbear, the greatest hope?

    By Darisha Bastians — The young Parliamentarian from Hambantota was trying to board a plane bound for Geneva on 11 September 1990, when he was intercepted by an Assistant Superintendent of Police by the name of Kudahetti. The senior Policeman wanted to search the MP’s baggage for fabricated documents likely to be “prejudicial to the […]

  • Sri Lanka’s NGO Clampdown Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s NGO Clampdown

    In a notice issued on July 1, the government of Sri Lanka announced that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) would no longer be allowed to hold press conferences, conduct trainings for journalists, or issue press releases. The move has been sharply criticized by both leading activists within Sri Lanka and experienced international analysts. The U.S. State Department […]

  • Department of External Resources misleading public on NGO activities Read more >

    Department of External Resources misleading public on NGO activities

    Lawyers Collective Adding to a series of unconstitutional restrictions placed on the legitimate activities of the Non-Governmental Organizations, the Director General of the Department of External Resources (DGDER) has now published a Notice, “advising” the public on the legitimate activities of the NGOs. Having examined carefully the contents of the Notice, we state that the […]

  • EU asks Lanka to guaratee freedom for functioning of NGOs Read more >

    EU asks Lanka to guaratee freedom for functioning of NGOs

    The European Union today asked Sri Lanka to guarantee the freedom for functioning of NGOs, days after the government imposed restrictions on their activities.  A statement from the EU of Sri Lanka said they were very concerned about the recent efforts to restrict legitimate public activities of civil society and non-governmental organisations in Sri Lanka. […]

  • No foreign funds for NGOs without govt. approval Read more >

    No foreign funds for NGOs without govt. approval

    The Finance and Planning Ministry has informed all Non-Governmental Organisations that they should receive prior approval from the Ministry prior to obtaining foreign funds. The notice comes hot on the heels of the Government strongly criticising the foreign aid programme carried out by USAID.  It had planned to provide US$190 million dollars for a programme […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Ministry of Defence should not have any power over the functioning of any civil society organisations

    SRI LANKA: AHRC’s position on the proposed law for NGO registration under the Ministry of Defence The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to clarify its position regarding the controversy about the government’s proposal for a law to force the registration of non-governmental organisations with a National Secretariat functioning under the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence […]

  • Sri Lanka: The art of mishandling policy;  From Aluthgama, to asylum seekers, NGOs, the Govt. wallows in (negative) publicity Read more >

    Sri Lanka: The art of mishandling policy; From Aluthgama, to asylum seekers, NGOs, the Govt. wallows in (negative) publicity

    President in trouble ( AFP) Ranga JayasuriyaThere is something strange in this government. It is wallowing in negative publicity. The sequence of events during the last couple of weeks has given it a steady supply of negative publicity which would prop up its already grim reputation. First, it lets loose a motley group of Sinhala […]

  • Sri Lanka: Writing on the wall for errant INGOs, NGOs – State media

    Editorial, The Sunday Observer Some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and their funding agents in International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) have acted in the most unbecoming manner in Sri Lanka. They even played a sinister role during Sri Lanka’s relentless battle against terrorism from 2006 till mid-2009. Certain countries which project themselves as the godfathers of democracy do […]

  • Sri Lanka: BASL slams MOD circular to NGOs

    MOD letterSri Lanka’s leading lawyers collective has slammed the circular issued to Non-Governmental Organisations by the National Secretariat for NGOs, under the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) says the said circular violates fundamental principles that govern Sri Lanka’s free and democratic society, which is guaranteed by the […]

  • Sri Lanka: Enemy at the Gates; Targeting Freedom of Expression

    K.D.C.Kumarage “It is clear that the freedom of expression and opinion is a fundamental right, the mother of all rights.” – Abid Hussain, UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Information, Speech in Sri Lanka, 1999. A notice has been issued by one D.M.S, Dissanayake as the director/registrar of the NGO Secretariat in a letterhead […]

  • Sri Lanka: PM says NGOs had armed the LTTE

    Prime Minister D M Jayaratna says some Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) had armed and assisted the LTTE during the war. The Prime Minister made this comment when speaking in Parliament today on the controversy over the circular issued by the NGO Secretariat of the Ministry of Defence. Jayaratna insisted that the Government was not violating […]

  • Warning to NGOs: MOD says no warning only reminder Read more >

    Warning to NGOs: MOD says no warning only reminder

    The Ministry of Defence (MOD) today played down the instructions issued to Non-Governmental Organisations on the need to stick to their mandate. Defence Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that the instructions were issued as a mere reminder and it was nothing new. “This is not a strengthening of regulations,” Brigadier Wanigasooriya added.He said that […]

  • Sri Lanka: UN is to study MOD warning to NGOs Read more >

    Sri Lanka: UN is to study MOD warning to NGOs

    Farhan Haq Farhan Haq The United Nations (UN) says it will study a warning issued by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) not to go beyond their mandate. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, said that the UN will need to evaluate the warning and then make a […]

  • Sri Lanka: MOD warning to NGOs: MOD has overstepped its mandate Read more >

    Sri Lanka: MOD warning to NGOs: MOD has overstepped its mandate

    FMM public meeting It’s no-go for NGOs! by  Dharisha Bastians Sri Lanka’s powerful Defence Ministry has sought to outlaw press conferences and media statements by Non-Governmental Organisations operating in the country, sparking a civil society outcry about an attempt to impinge upon freedoms of speech and assembly.  A circular issued by the National Secretariat for NGOs, […]

  • Sri Lanka: New [ visa] regulations for foreign invitees for non state orgnisation funtions Read more >

    Sri Lanka: New [ visa] regulations for foreign invitees for non state orgnisation funtions

    President Rajapaksa’s Code is an eight-page memorandum [presented] by External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris. It calls for significant changes. He has said that the NGO Secretariat (now coming under the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development) and the Registrar of Companies will be tasked “with clearing NGO requests on hosting events and arranging necessary visas […]

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