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  • Activist and Lawyer Arrested Over Garbage Dumb Protest Read more >

    Activist and Lawyer Arrested Over Garbage Dumb Protest

    Convener of the movement against Meethotamulla garbage dump Keerthiratne Perera and its organizer Attorney at law Nuwan Bopage have been arrested last night (10) . They have been arrested for violating court orders issued against the protest, and over an assaulting incident. The suspects will be produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today (11) Earlier, […]

  • Report: Suppression of dissent in Sri Lanka ( May 2015)

    Summary: Incidents related to repression of dissent continued to be reported under the Sirisena Presidency, despite a general feeling of having more freedom than under the Rajapakse presidency. In mid May 2015, Police obtained court orders to prevent remembrance events for Tamils killed during the war. Police also interrogated organizers, participants and media at some […]

  • The Biggest Change Comes Through Elections – Jehan Perera

    President Maithripala Sirisena has announced his intention to seek the passage of the 20th Amendment to the constitution as a priority. The reforms envisage an electoral system in which the majority of parliamentary seats will be obtained on the first-past-the post system, while keeping to an overall proportional outcome. The experience at elections held under […]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament Votes to Curb Some Presidential Powers Read more >

    Sri Lanka Parliament Votes to Curb Some Presidential Powers

    ( President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe) (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to curb the power of the presidency,  restoring a two-term limit and reviving independent bodies to manage key institutions such as the police and the judiciary. A total of 215 out of the 225 lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment which […]

  • 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 […]

  • Military intimidation cancels prayers for a second time Read more >

    Military intimidation cancels prayers for a second time

    [IDPs in Vanni; file photo: REUTERS/Stringer] Sri Lankan military intimidation has for the second time led to prayers that were going to be held for the displaced people of Valikamam North being cancelled, reports Uthayan. Military intelligence once again threatened the organisers with “consequences” if the prayers, organised for those displaced in Valikaamam North, went […]

  • 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 […]

  • Suppression of Dissent in Sri Lanka:June report Read more >

    Suppression of Dissent in Sri Lanka:June report

    INFORM– June 2014 will be remembered in Sri Lanka for the communal violence in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Southern Sri Lanka, that resulted in 4 persons (three Muslims and one Tamil) being killed, more than 80 injured and widespread damage to property, mainly of Muslims. The widely held belief, including by the […]

  • Don’t Mislead the Public: Lawyers Collective urge MEA Read more >

    Don’t Mislead the Public: Lawyers Collective urge MEA

    [ Co Convener of the Lawyers Collective J.C. Weliamuna talking to the mob; Photo by Melani Manel] LAWYERS COLLECTIVE PRESS RELEASE Responding to a statement made by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on 5th August 2014 on the   incident at CSR, the Lawyers’ Collective cautions the public not to be misled by the inaccurate […]

  • MEA sets a dangerous precedent justifing monks led mob Read more >

    MEA sets a dangerous precedent justifing monks led mob

    SLB — [ Monks led mob in action; Photo: Melani Manel] The External Affairs Ministry (MEA) of the Government of Sri Lanka today (05 Aug 2014) issued a statement indirectly justifying the monks led mob which invaded Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in Colombo and disrupted a meeting of the families of the disappeared. […]

  • Monks led mob captured on Camera Read more >

    Monks led mob captured on Camera

    [Threatening Fr. Sathyavail] Female journalists cum photographer have captured the monks led violent mob, who invaded the Centre for Society and Religion to disrupt a gathering  for  “Sharing and listening session with families of the disappeared” organized by Families of the Disappeared. Here are some of the photos which shows the violent mood of the […]

  • Protected by police, monks led  mob becomes violent Read more >

    Protected by police, monks led mob becomes violent

    [Monks used abusive language; photo: Daily FT] Buddhist monks led violent mob entered by force the Centre for Society for Religion in Colombo today ( 04 Aug 2014) and disrupted a peaceful gathering of families of disappeared persons. Police as usual became mere onlookers, while monks and mob haul abusive language and threatened organisers. In […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 bans activist groups from contact with media Read more >

    Sri Lanka bans activist groups from contact with media

     (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has banned activist groups and NGOs from holding press conferences and issuing press releases, a Defence Ministry circular says, raising new concerns over freedom of expression in the island nation. The circular, dated July 1, also outlaws NGOs and civil society organizations holding workshops for journalists. “This is a continuation of […]

  • 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 […]

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