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Leaked UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka: “Emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability and human rights”

Image: The High Commissioner is particularly troubled the appointments of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, as Army Chief and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, as...

Sandya Ekneligoda’s decade long fight for justice: Ekneligoda Forum and web site launched in Colombo

ON the 11th year of Prageeth Ekneligoda abduction and disappearance Sandaya Ekneligoda launched a new initiative launching Ekneligoda Forum and https://ekneligodaforum.org/. Ekneligoda Forum is a...

SriLanka: Victims, culprits of ‘Dammika Paniya’ and false national pride – Ranga Jayasuriya

Less than two months ago, a self-professed holy man ( Kapuwa) from Kegalle became the embodiment of the Sri Lankan ingenuity. The man who...

Denial of social security benefits of migrant workers in times of the pandemic – Andrew Samuel

Image: Activists protest in Sri Lanka  against the discriminatory treatment of migrant workers. ( FB photo, January 2021) The year 2020 was a horrible year...

UN experts urge SriLanka to end its policy of forced cremation of COVID19 deceased

GENEVA (25 January 2021) UN human rights experts* today urged the Sri Lankan Government to end its policy of forced cremation of the COVID-19...

India strikes hard bargain in Sri Lanka for stake in Colombo port- Marwaan Macan-Markar

Image: Port of Colombo in 2019: Sri Lanka and India recently agreed on terms for developing the port's Eastern Container Terminal with Indian company...

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Features

Denial of social security benefits of migrant workers in times of the pandemic – Andrew Samuel

Image: Activists protest in Sri Lanka  against the discriminatory treatment of migrant workers. ( FB photo, January 2021) The year 2020 was a horrible year...

India strikes hard bargain in Sri Lanka for stake in Colombo port- Marwaan Macan-Markar

Image: Port of Colombo in 2019: Sri Lanka and India recently agreed on terms for developing the port's Eastern Container Terminal with Indian company...

Leaked UN report on Sri Lanka calls for “a meaningful path towards accountability for international crimes and serious human rights violations”

According to a leaked UN report on Sri Lanka, it calls  for the UN  Human Rights Council to take further action on Sri Lanka...

Another new ‘commission’ promises no relief to victims – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: the tasks encompassed within its mandate have already been performed by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC, 2011) The recent appointment by President...

THE HILL WE CLIMB- Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly...

What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

Image: The appointment of Sarath Silva as CJ by President Kumaratunge is one of the darkest movements in the judiciary in Sri Lanka. It is...

Securitisation and militarisation in Sri Lanka: A continuum – Ambika Sathkunanthan

Caroon by Avantha Artigala. Militarisation of civilian space began during the first Rajapaksa regime. Yet, it didn’t cause public concern, except amongst certain civil society...

The Kidney Mafia in Sri Lanka –  Dr. N.S. Wijewickrama.  

Image courtesy of Dawn. A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person...

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International Affairs

Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021

GENEVA, (15 January 2021) - The Human Rights Council today elected Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Office...

Twitter and Facebook lock Donald Trump’s accounts after video address

Image:Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed Donald Trump’s video post to the supporters who stormed the US Capitol. Photograph: Us President Donald J Trump Twitter/EPA Twitter...

Afghanistan: Journalist murdered on the first day of 2021

Image:Journalist Bismillah Adil Aimaq. Credit: The Bharat Express. Bismillah Adil Aimaq, an Afghan journalist and human rights activist was killed by unidentified gunmen in Dara-e-Taimoor...

Hunting for ‘Disease X’ in the Congo rainforest

In the Congo rainforest, the doctor who discovered Ebola warns of deadly viruses yet to come. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Showing early...

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