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The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...

In Sri Lanka there are clear warning signs that past patterns of violations could be repeated – Rights Commissioner 

Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, This is a key juncture for the Council’s engagement with Sri Lanka. As my...

Approach of the UNHRC resolution zero draft on Sri Lanka is not dissimilar to that of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith – Jehan Perera

"The zero draft document also has a section in which it calls on the UN system to ensure that evidence of violations of human...

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

By Claudia Otto, Tamara Qiblawi and Stephanie Halasz, CNN. Berlin (CNN)A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a...

US Secretary of State encourages Human Rights Council to support resolution on Sri Lanka

Addressing the ongoing 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called on the member states...

Report: Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Political Victimisation and attempts to deny Sri Lankan opposition politicians of their civic rights

Image: Screen shot of JVP video A little over a month after the Presidential election, in January 2020 a Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into...

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Features

2019 Easter Sunday attack: Why another committee?- Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: At least those Muslim parliamentarians who voted for the 20th Amendment to empower NGR as an autocrat must come out now and join...

Political Victimisation Commission: “If you call a thief a thief you may lose their civic rights in future Sri Lanka” – Chula Adikari

I am going to explain about the Commission on Political Victimisation established by President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Commission was set up to investigate acts...

SAHR expresses concern over the strategic timing of the Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, expresses concern over the timing and purpose of the Pakistan Prime...

The Impact of Militarism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka – Basil Fernando

Image: President Mahinda Rajapaksa was  welcomed by Senior General Than Shwe, ruler of the Myanmar in June 2009. The Burma (now Myanmar) was a British...

It’s Time for the Human Rights Council to Act on Sri Lanka – Navi Pillay

by Laurel E. Fletcher  Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the Sri Lankan government has made clear it has no serious intention of pursuing...

‘A hard rain’ destined to fall on Sri Lanka’s institutions of justice – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

To mercilessly mangle Bob Dylan’s timeless words, ‘a hard rain’ will fall on Sri Lanka if hammer blows continue to be aimed at judicial,...

Lost hopes of freedom in the post colonial Sri Lanka – Victor Ivan

Image: Colonial Sri Lanka (blogs.reuters.com) On this occasion when Sri Lanka celebrates its 73rd anniversary of independence, the country is in an unprecedented state of...

Sri Lanka and the denial of burial rights – Mass L.Usuf

Image: Shehan Gunasekara/Daily FT. “The High Commissioner is deeply concerned by the trends emerging over the past year, which may represent early warning signs of...

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International Affairs

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

By Claudia Otto, Tamara Qiblawi and Stephanie Halasz, CNN. Berlin (CNN)A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a...

Malaysiakini found guilty of contempt of court, fined, over readers’ comments

Image: Malaysiakini's Editor-in-Chief Steven Gan leaves the Federal Court after the online newspaper was found guilty of contempt over readers' comments Malaysia’s highest court...

Myanmar’s media under the coup – Phil Thornton

Journalists are being targeted, news outlets threatened, bullets fired, curfews imposed and internet blocked by a military junta intent on silencing dissent against stolen...

Victims to testify in Swiss war crimes trial of Liberian rebel commander

Image: A photograph from August 2003 shows a bullet-strewn street following a brutal civil war in Monrovia, Liberia. Keystone / Nic Bothma/Swissinfo The trial in Switzerland of...

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