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Open appeal to Sri Lanka Government : Act Now to Save Our Lives!

Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented rise in the number of cases, with the highly infectious B.1.1.7 strain spreading rapidly across the country. The...

Myanmar: If independent media dies, democracy dies – Phil Thornton

Image: The Voice of Spring is an underground newspaper of the resistance. Journalists in Myanmar are being hunted and arrested by the country’s military for...

Year-long detention of lawyer, poet sparks concern in Sri Lanka – Meera Srinivasan

Original photo courtesy of The Hindu. Spotlight on minority rights, and ‘draconian’ anti-terrorism law modelled on South Africa’s Apartheid-era legislation. Daily-wage agricultural labourer Abdul Ghafoor Muhammadhu...

Pandemic is raging in the country but still there is no Act to manage the situation lawfully – M.A. Sumanthiran, M.P.

Image credit: AP news. This pandemic has been with us for over a year almost one and a half years. Very early in the day in...

“Don’t try to act macho”- Magistrate warns activist; Impartiality of the Magistrate questioned

Colombo Additional Magistrate Mrs. Rajindra Jayasuriya has reprimanded the youth who encouraged fellow citizens to honk vehicle horns in protest of stopping vehicles in...

Sri Lanka: The Muslim community is under attack. But why now?- Ahilan Kadirgamar

Image courtesy of The Guardian. Sri Lanka is on the downward slide of chauvinist oppression. The Cabinet last week decided to ban the burqa and...

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Features

Sri Lanka: The Muslim community is under attack. But why now?- Ahilan Kadirgamar

Image courtesy of The Guardian. Sri Lanka is on the downward slide of chauvinist oppression. The Cabinet last week decided to ban the burqa and...

European Palm Oil Alliance disappointed over impending Lankan ban

Warns possible increase in food expenses  Says blanket ban could use up more land for alternative oil production Argues sustainably sourced palm oil...

‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile,...

Sri Lanka: Parliament must reject proposed ‘Burqa Ban’ – ICJ

Image courtesy of www.nbcnews.com. The ICJ today condemned the Sri Lankan cabinet’s approval of the proposed ban on face coverings, which, if adopted by Parliament...

Sri Lanka: It is time for the judiciary to defend itself against the Victimisation Commission – Basil Fernando

The recommendations by a Commission appointed by the President, recommending that a large number of criminal cases that have been filed in the Courts...

Sri Lanka: The arrest of poet Ahnaf Jazeem and ordeal he faces – Nethmi Rajawasam

The lawyers appearing for Chilavathurai-Mannar based poet Muhammadhu Ahnaf Jazeem have been sounding the alarm on the Counter Terrorism and Investigation Division (TID) allegedly...

Burqa ban is symbol of majoritarianism in Sri Lanka – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC

Image courtesy of Le news. The proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa and the niqab has given rise to much discussion about the...

Sri Lanka: How not to counter ‘violent extremism’ ; Radicalisation through ‘deradicalisation’? – Ambika Satkunanathan

Image courtesy of www.orfonline.org. Context matters The impact of law on individuals and communities is shaped by factors such as their ethnicity, religion, privilege, socio-economic status,...

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International Affairs

Myanmar: If independent media dies, democracy dies – Phil Thornton

Image: The Voice of Spring is an underground newspaper of the resistance. Journalists in Myanmar are being hunted and arrested by the country’s military for...

Germany must tighten climate law to protect young people’s future, court rules

Image: Sophie Backsen ( Green Peace) (Reuters, Thomas Escritt) Germany must update its climate law by the end of next year to set out how it...

Myanmar junta now publishing lists of wanted journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to react to the Myanmar military’s latest attempts to impose complete control over news and...

Officially, India Has the World’s Second-Worst COVID-19 Outbreak. Unofficially, It’s Almost Certainly the Worst

Image: People carry the body of a man, who died due to COVID-19, before burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, on April...

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