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Sri Lanka: Crisis Of Credibility – Analysis

By Srideep BiswasOn the model of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the end of three...

Can the state law office deny the right to justice?

By Kishali Pinto JayawardeneVery few thinking people in Sri Lanka will assert in all good conscience that the office of the Attorney General has...

Every grandiose noun and flowery adjective in Sinhala will be used to describe the Rajapaksas and their exploits in the “new” Mahavamsa

by Tisaranee Gunasekara"Though everyone bowed down before you,Saying virtue and wisdom lit your way,Striking gold medals in your honour,Glad to have survived another day,Do...

Sri Lanka castigated in US country report on human rights

The 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices issued by the US State Department includes serious violations of human rights in Sri Lanka. It states...

Reveal names of detainees in the North – JVP member’s motion adopted in Eastern PC

A motion presented by the JVP Member Wimal Piyatissa demanding the government to reveal names and places of detention of those persons detained on...

Seine-net beaches in Mullaiththeevu distributed to Sinhala fishermen

Traditional seine-net beaches (Karaivalai-paadu) of Eezham Tamils in the coastal tracts of Mullaiththeevu district are grabbed and distributed among Sinhala fishermen from the south...

No action, talk only, says Suresh

    * TNA is not interested in separatism    * Proper devolution is healthy for Sri LankaThe UPFA government and the TNA are now put...

Lands for MPs to split us – TNA

By Rathindra KuruwitaThe government has allocated close to 1000 acres of land to several young United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs to carry out...

President’s family ‘dominates’ Sri Lanka

The US annual report on human rights says that the government of Sri Lanka, a multi-party democracy, is dominated by the president’s family.“Two of...

TNA says HSZs not necessary now

By Sandun A. JayasekeraThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it had told the government that considering the present security situation in the North...

Sri Lanka Government and agents continued to be serious human rights violators in 2010 – US State Dept Report

2010 Human Rights Report: Sri LankaBureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor2010 Country Reports on Human Rights PracticesApril 8, 2011Sri Lanka is a constitutional,...

Attorney General ‘cannot withdraw charges’ – Former CJ Sarath Silva

    'If there was no evidence why did the AG file the charges?'The former Chief Justice (CJ) of Sri Lanka has questioned the legality...

Bakground Note: Sri Lanka

The latest version of the Country's Background issued by the State Department, USA, on 06 April,2011Official Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri LankaPROFILEGeographyArea: 65,610...

Sri Lanka: Account for Wartime Disappearances; More Than 20 People Last Seen in Army Custody Remain Missing

(New York, April 7, 2011) – The Sri Lankan government should account for everyone who was taken into custody at the end of Sri...

Hack Attack!

Dr. P. SaravanamutthuOver the last so many weeks and still continuing, there have been a number of critical reports on the Centre for Policy...

Corruption hinders constructions: Dulles

By Sandun A. JayasekeraMinister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dulles Alahapperuma said it was regrettable and a matter of shame that the development...

‘SL forces want Emergency extended for colonizing East’

Tamil National Alliance MP for Batticaloa, Pakiaselvam Ariyanethiran, Tuesday night told media that Sri Lankan forces were staging search operations in the three districts...

US: Rights concerns hold back Sri Lanka ties

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Tuesday that future cooperation with Sri Lanka depended on improvements in its human rights record and an...

UNP to institute legal action against proposed CMCC

Devolution promised for N&E, disenfranchising South – Tissa Attanayakeby Zacki JabbarThe UNP is to institute legal action against a government move to convert five...

SRI LANKA: April 5th events and the 1978 constitution

April 5th has significance to Sri Lanka due to the JVP uprising of 1971. The word uprising has been used for this event by...

India will press Sri Lanka for equal rights to Tamil: Sonia

Reaffirming India’s support for the Sri Lankan Tamils, Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said New Delhi would continue to press...

Troops interfering in Family Issues of the Jaffna People Complaints Made to the Multi-Religions Team

The people from Jaffna face interference by the troops in their family affairs, as such the fear-psychosis which usually prevails among the Jaffna residents...

AI Urgent action: Law student D.M. Thushara Jayaratne fears for safety after death threats

Urgent Amnesty International Action/ Student fears for safety after deaths threatsA Sri Lankan student who complained that his law school's final exams were being...

Forced registration in Batticaloa

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has instructed residents of Vellaveli in Batticaloa district to register with the village level officers (Grama Niladhari-GN), civil society sources...

Concern over Law College whistle-blower

 The London based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has expressed concern over the lack of proper investigation into the abduction of a whistle blower.DM...

Major changes in election laws

By Sandun A. JayasekeraChanges in legislations are on the cards whereby the Elections Commission would be vested with the authority to fix dates for...

‘Mob attacked Tamils of Indian origin in Hatton after India beat Sri Lanka to the cricket world cup’ – Minister Thondaman

Police in Sri Lanka say that they have arrested four people suspected on an attack following a the protest threat by a cabinet minister.Superintendent...

JVP undergrads call on UN to help restore democracy in SL

By Shamindra FerdinandoIn the run-up to the imminent release of a controversial UN report on alleged ‘war crimes’ committed during Eelam War IV, particularly...

An increase in murders and disappearances in Jaffna

According to the Police Department there had been over 50 disappearances in Jaffna District during March 2022. 12 bodies who were disappared had been...

Their Colombo Plan

By Tisaranee Gunasekara“….doing violence to the spirit of thousands of laws without actually running afoul of so much as a city ordinance.”— Kurt Vonnegut...
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Sri Lanka: MP Bakeer Markar alleges police are to arrest 200 critical journalists

Image: Courtesy of IFEX. Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Member of Parliament Imthiaz Bakeer Markar is accusing the government of targeting media-persons critical of the government...

Sri Lanka: 2020 Heroes’ day commemorations are banned in North and East

Heroes' Day commemorations which take place during the 25th of 27th of November every year in Tamil-dominated North and East of Sri Lanka have...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...